Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport
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Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport
On November 9, 1938, Adolph Hitler's ugly war against the Jews began in earnest with the "Kristallnacht," in which Nazi troops joined with angry mobs to attack synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, and residents of predominantly Jewish neighborhoods. While Hitler did not initially make clear his plans for a genocide of Germany's Jews, he openly stated his desire that Germany be free of Jews. Few nations were willing to accept the large numbers of German Jews who now wished to expatriate in fear of their lives. However, Great Britain agreed to permit Jewish children between the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Heartbreaking yet truly inspirational."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"As recorded history, Into the Arms of Strangers, is indispensable. As a piece of documentary filmmaking, it's no more inventive than scads of talking-head missives that appear on cable TV every evening."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"This is an inherently moving story, and director Mark Jonathan Harris has the wisdom to trust that."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A great human document, deeply moving, unforgettable."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"A must see for history buffs as well as those who want to witness just how good humankind can be in the face of adversity and horror."
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
"Stories you'll never forget."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Into the Arms of Strangers was produced with the help of the Holocaust Museum in Washington; it is a valuable, if necessarily fragmented, part of that institution's attempt to convey the enormity of what the Nazis did one life at a time."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"At the risk of sounding like a cad, I'll go ahead and admit that Into the Arms of Strangers is dreadfully boring and uninspired"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Faces which carry history. That's what you will take away with you after watching."
‑ Michael Thomson,
"After two intense hours revisiting the elemental bond between parent and child, the grit of daily life washes away."
‑ Sheila Norman-Culp, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Students of both the dark and bright side of human nature cannot afford to miss it."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"It's an incredibly moving film, alternately infuriating and heartbreaking -- often both."
‑ Ernest Hardy,
"In tandem with the ever-growing body of documentaries on the same subject and the data they've all accumulated, it broadens our vision of this great human tragedy."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"One of the year's more devastating film experiences."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Still resonating as powerfully today as when these black events first unfolded."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle