Into the Arms of Strangers

Documentary | English | 122 minutes

During World War II, the British implemented a rescue operation of Jewish children from Nazi Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. The children were transported by train, shipped to England, and placed in foster homes with the expectation of reuniting them with their parents after the war. The majority of the children never saw their families again. The mission was called Kindertransport, named after the German word for children, “kinder.” Over 10,000 children were saved. In this documentary, many of the kinder, now adults, provide commentary of their experiences.  The heroes are the parents of the children who painfully parted with their children fearing the Nazi  plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe.
Judi Dench (Narrator) / Many Kindertransport survivors
Why Stream This Documentary?
Shameful during this period are the many countries that refused to accept these children. To complement this film see NICKY’S FAMILY (Amazon) about the heroic Nicholas Winton, who saved over 600 children during the war.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 91%
  • Metacritic Score: 79
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Documentary
  • American Cinema Editors: Winner, Best Edited Documentary Film (Kate Amend)
  • The film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Though their memories are fresh, the survivors, now in their 60s and 70s, still struggle with memories of the Kindertransport. Amazingly, most of them have channeled their pain into productive lives. INTO the ARMS of STRANGERS asks this question: What would you do as a parent in this situation?
Emmanuel Levy


INTO the ARMS of STRANGERS was produced with the help of the Holocaust Museum in Washington. It is a valuable part of that institution’s attempt to convey the enormity of what the Nazis did one life at a time.
A.O. Scott

The New York Times

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