How true Daddy’s words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands… Anne Frank


Into the arms of strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport New York, NY: MJF Books/Fine Communications, 2005 Jonathan Mark Harris and Deborah Oppenheimer; preface by Richard Attenborough; introduction by David Desarani Jewish children  Germany; Germans  Great Britain; Jewish children in the Holocaust Hardcover. xiii, 292 p.: ports.; 24 cm. Be sure and read the extended description at our head listing. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

For nine months before the outbreak of World War II, Britain conducted an extraordinary rescue mission. It opened its doors to over 10,000 endangered children-90 percent of them Jewish-from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. These children were taken into foster homes and hostels in Britain, expecting eventually to be reunited with their parents. Most of the children never saw their families again.

Into the Arms of Strangers recounts the remarkable story of this rescue operation, known as the Kindertransport, and its dramatic impact on the lives of the children who were saved. The book is the companion to the feature-length documentary released in theatres by Warner Bros. It contains stories in their own words from the child survivors, rescuers, parents, and foster parents.

They recount, in harrowing detail, the effects of the Nazi’s reign of terror, the horror of Kristallnacht, the agonizing decision by the parents to send their children away, the journey, the difficulties of adjustment in Britain, the outbreak of war, and the children’s tragic discovery afterward that most of their parents had perished in concentration camps. The stories are heartbreaking, but also inspiring. These are the stories of those who survived with the help of others; they are stories about the strength and resolve of children; and most astonishing, these are stories not yet heard about the Holocaust.

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