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DVD REVIEW: Into The Arms Of Strangers: stories of the Kindertransport

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ronald Epstein, Aug 16, 2001.

  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Ronald Epstein


    Nearly 1,500,000 children perished in the Holocaust
    With the hundreds of "A" movie DVD titles I
    buy and watch every year, there are those that
    mean more to me than any other. It is those
    titles that convey a true story of a historic
    moment in time, often conveying the emotions and
    struggles of that period.
    Last year I was very honored to review Steven
    Spielberg's The Last Days (USA FILMS DVD),
    an award-winning documentary about survivers of
    the Holocaust and their stories.
    I am proud to introduce another story of the
    Holocaust, Into The Arms of Strangers,
    winner of Best Documentary Feature - 2000.
    It is being released thru Warner Home Video.
    Into The Arms Of Strangers is a little
    more uplifting than most Holocaust documentaries.
    It concerns the survivors of the Kindertransport,
    an act of mercy from the British Government in
    1938 to get Jewish children out of Nazi Germany as
    Hitler was heading towards his "final solution".
    Ten Thousand children were given up from their
    parents as an act of love -- transported by
    train and boat -- and ended up in foster care
    in Great Britain. Some ended up in foster homes
    and some in hostels.
    This documentary introduces you to (I believe)
    5 individuals who were given up by their families
    and transported to Great Britain. One of them
    never made it (her father pulled her off the
    train), and one wound up in an Australian
    prison camp. Through newsreels and archival
    footage, you will learn the very personal stories
    of these survivors.
    I realize it is very difficult to promote a
    DVD that isn't a prominent "A" release. This
    is one of those DVD titles you would probably
    never know existed, and I feel that like
    The Last Days, this is a DVD that should
    be watched and absorbed. It is a great teaching
    tool for children just learning about the events
    of Nazi Germany.
    The picture and sound quality are excellent,
    even though with a film like this, you don't
    even think about presentation quality.
    You may not realize just how important and
    gripping this documentary is until you find
    your eyes filled with tears. This is how I
    found myself this evening.
    Release date: 8/28
    Ronald Epstein (pronounced like the English "Ronald Epstein")
    Circa 2000
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  2. Rob Willey

    Rob Willey Screenwriter

    Apr 10, 2000
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    Been looking forward to this one since I heard it was being released. A definite rental for me. I'll make a purchasing decision off that.
    Thanks Ron!
    "That suits me down to the ground."

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