Into The Arms Of Strangers Review

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An outstanding documentary narrated by Judi Dench about the Kindertransport, a train that deported European Jewish children to the safety of Britain before World War Two. Blending interviews conducted today with archive footage of 1930s Europe, the surviving children and those who shared their homes tell their stories.


In December 1938, the first of over 10,000 Jewish children fled the Third Reich for Britain. Exploring the resilience of family and youth plus the hideousness of prejudice, this account of the Kindertransport exodus has been efficiently and compassionately compiled. But it repeatedly raises questions it refuses to confront.

Although it recalls the Dunera incident, when thousands of 'enemy aliens' were shipped in atrocious conditions to Australia, the film side-steps both America's refusal to accept any refugees and the UK's decision only to take children. But such is the poignancy of the personal testimonies that it's impossible not to be moved by the courage of the persecuted. It's a compelling document. But, clearly, there's another story left to tell.

There's something itchy about not getting the full story, but that which does get told is warming to the heart.