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Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

Into the Arms of Strangers
Directed by Mark Jonathan Harris
Produced by Deborah Oppenheimer
Written by Harris
Starring Judi Dench (narrator)
Music by Lee Holdridge
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates September 7, 2000 (2000-09-07) (United States)
November 24, 2000 (2000-11-24) (United Kingdom)
Running time 122 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport is a 2000 documentary film that tells the story of the kindertransport, a rescue operation which saved the lives of over 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany by transporting them via train to England, where they were adopted by British families. It was directed by Mark Jonathan Harris and narrated by Judi Dench.


  • Interviewed subjects 1
  • Reactions 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Interviewed subjects

The documentary relies heavily on filmed interviews in which the children of the kindertransport (now aged in their 60s and 70s) recall their feelings and experiences of the kindertransport. These interview subjects include:[1]

  • Lorraine Allard, kind
  • Lory Cahn, kind
  • Mariam Cohen, foster mother of Kurt Fuchel
  • Hedy Epstein, kind
  • Kurt Fuchel, kind
  • Alexander Gordon, kind
  • Franzi Groszmann, mother of Lore Segal
  • Eva Hayman, kind
  • Jack Hellman, kind
  • Bertha Leverton, kind
  • Ursula Rosenfeld, kind
  • Inge Sadan, kind (Bertha Leverton's sister)
  • Lore Segal, kind
  • Robert Sugar, kind
  • Nicholas Winton, rescuer
  • Norbert Woolheim, rescuer

Alexander Gordon was also one of the refugees on HMT Dunera, one of the most notorious events of British maritime history.


An overwhelming majority of American film critics responded positively to Into the Arms of Strangers writing that it both intellectually and emotionally captures this chapter of history.[2] The film went on to win the prestigious Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[3] The film had an extremely limited theatrical release (18 theaters at its widest) and grossed $382,807 domestically.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Into the Arms of Strangers". Warner Brothers. 
  2. ^ "Into the Arms of Strangers, stories of the kindertransport". Rotten 
  3. ^ "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  4. ^ "Into the Arms of Strangers". Box Office Mojo. 

External links

  • Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport at the Internet Movie Database
  • Into the Arms of Strangers at AllMovie
  • Into the Arms of Strangers official website
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