Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport (2000)



Critic Consensus: Although it appears to be nothing more than a "talking heads" documentary you may see on TV, Into the Arms of Strangers, nonetheless, tells a heart-wrenching story.

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On November 9, 1938, Adolph Hitler's ugly war against the Jews began in earnest with the "Kristallnacht," in which Nazi troops joined with angry mobs to attack synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, and residents of predominantly Jewish neighborhoods. While Hitler did not initially make clear his plans for a genocide of Germany's Jews, he openly stated his desire that Germany be free of Jews. Few nations were willing to accept the large numbers of German Jews who now wished to expatriate in fear of their lives. However, Great Britain agreed to permit Jewish children between the ages of 5 and 17 to come to the U.K. -- without their parents. Between December of 1938 and August of 1939, some 10,000 German children gained refuge in the U.K. Most were adopted by British families, and many of the older boys served in the British Army, fighting against the Nazis, but the majority were never to see their birth parents again. Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport is a documentary that looks at the "Kindertransport," which ferried the children to Great Britain, and what became of the children once they arrived in England. Judi Dench narrates.

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Critic Reviews for Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11)

... deserves the Oscar it won last March for best documentary feature...

February 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Heartbreaking yet truly inspirational.

February 7, 2001
Top Critic

An extraordinarily fine and understated documentary.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5

As recorded history, Into the Arms of Strangers, is indispensable. As a piece of documentary filmmaking, it's no more inventive than scads of talking-head missives that appear on cable TV every evening.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's an incredibly moving film, alternately infuriating and heartbreaking -- often both.

January 1, 2000

As well made and meticulously researched as we have come to expect from such pristine educational projects, enhanced with impressive archival footage and stills, heightened by carefully chosen music and sound, and elevated by properly dignified narration.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport

A well laid out documentary that is aided tremendously by the heart felt stories that we hear from children who never ended up going home. Very moving.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Nearly 1,500,000 children were killed in the holocaust. These are the first hand accounts of a few that survived thanks to an English refugee program known as the Kindertransport. A fascinating but incredibly sad documentary that chronicles yet another segment of Hitler's horrific legacy.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


A must see documentary about children who escaped the Holocaust.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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