This book, based on the Academy Award-winning feature documentary of the same name, reveals what it was like to grow up in the shadow of the Nazi threat, to escape danger and fear, but also to leave family and friends, perhaps for ever. It is poignantly told in the words of those directly involved.
"An important work that contains first-hand testimonies of an experience that only a few books have addressed, much less captured."-"Chicago Tribune" "Wonderfully moving . . . a noble story, beautifully told."-"The Daily Mail" (London) "Harris, an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker ("The Long Way Home"), and television producer Oppenheimer tell the story of the Kindertransport, a rescue mission undertaken by the British that saved 10,000 predominantly Jewish German, Austrian, and Czech children from the Nazi regime. In a series of Studs Terkel-style interviews, they relate the stories of 18 children, foster parents, and organizers of the transport. The text is arranged chronologically, with each section telling the story of one person to illustrate how the rescue mission worked, from the events preceding the children's departure for England to their lives today. This is an effective and compelling way of preserving history. Although much has been written al
When the bough breaks; the 9th November; a light in the darkness; last goodbyes; into the arms of strangers; a thousand kisses; on the shoulders of children; war and deportation; somewhere to belong; none to comfort them; living with the past. In memory of Sylva Avramovici Oppenheimer, 1928-1993; postscript; the witnesses.