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Into the arms of strangers : stories of the Kindertransport

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  • Creator Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; a Sabine Films production ; written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris ; produced by Deborah Oppenheimer
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Pictures : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2000, 2001] ©2000
  • Physical Details
    • 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, black and white with color sequences ; 4 3/4 in
  • ISBNs 079075309X, 9780790753096
  • OCLC ocm47800700
  • Credits
    • Narrated by Judi Dench ; with Kurt Fuchel, Lore Segal, Ursula Rosenfeld, Nicholas Winton, Norbert Wollheim, Bertha Leverton, Lorraine Allard, Alexander Gordon, Jack Hellman, Lory Cahn, Hedy Epstein ... [et al.]
    • Edited by Kate Amend ; director of photography, Don Lenzer ; music by Lee Holdridge


  • The documentary tells the story of a group of children from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia who were fortunate enough to escape the unfathomable horror of the genocide perpetrated against the Jewish people during WWII. They were saved by the Kindertransport, which took 10,000 children to the safety of England in the late 1930s. (The United States government, which could have sponsored a similar program, declined to do so.) Assuming that the broad historical context is well enough known, the film concentrates on individual stories, using archival film clips and photographs, re-enactments and interviews, with both the rescuers and the rescued.


  • This film was produced with the cooperation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Special features: Cast & crew [text feature]; Producer Deborah Oppenheimer and writer/director Mark Jonathan Harris commentary; Editor Kate Amend, sound designer Gary Rydstrom, archival researcher Corrinne Collett and composer Lee Holdridge commentary; Lord Richard Attenborough interview; Additional interviews; Photo gallery; The kinder [text feature]; The parents [text feature]; The rescuers [text feature]; Awards [text feature]; Premiere footage (10 min.); Historical artifacts (5 min.) [film and slide show feature]; Theatrical trailer (2 min.); DVD-ROM features: links to original theatrical website and chat rooms; downloadable study guide for viewers and educators via the website.
  • Also issued on VHS.
  • DVD ; Region 1 ; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo ; original presentation aspect ratio, 1.37:1.
  • English and dubbed French (Québec) soundtracks, with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish ; closed-captioned.


  • Prologue -- Pride and joy -- Life under Hitler -- Invasion of Austria -- Where to flee -- Ninth of November -- Birth of the Kindertransport -- The Kinder -- Preparing to leave -- Last goodbyes -- The journey -- Arrival in England -- Kurt and Mariam -- Hostels and manors -- Dear parents -- On the shoulders of children -- War -- Somewhere to belong -- The Dunera -- Deportation to the camps -- The Coventry blitz -- Work of importance -- Family reunion -- War's end -- Survival is an accident -- Another set of parents -- Living with the past -- Coda and end credits
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