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

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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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PG (for thematic elements)
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Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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

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Heartbreaking yet truly inspirational.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Variety
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An extraordinarily fine and understated documentary.

December 31, 1999
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
CNN.com
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It's an incredibly moving film, alternately infuriating and heartbreaking -- often both.

December 31, 1999
Film.com
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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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
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Students of both the dark and bright side of human nature cannot afford to miss it.

December 31, 1999
Detroit News
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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

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The subject matter and archival footage is quite interesting, as are the personal tales of the now-elderly survivors. As an educational film, this is great stuff. As a documentary, however, it gets rather tedious an repetitious. Essentially, it's two hours of alternating period black-and-white footage alternating with interviews. The bare-bones style ultimately takes away from the narrative, and the individual and varying stories of the survivors are interspersed to the point that it will become difficult to keep the separate from one another without actively taking notes. Note that the synopsis given on Flixster is completely incorrect. To learn more about this important collection, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_the_Arms_of_Strangers:_Stories_of_the_Kindertransport

Brian Seitzman
Brian Seitzman

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

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