Cinema: Orphans of the Holocaust

The heartrending story of 10,000 young emigres is finally told in an extraordinary documentary

It is one of World War II's least known stories: in late 1938 and through much of 1939, the Nazis permitted some 10,000 Jewish children and adolescents to escape to England via trains and then boats. Why the Nazis did so remains something of a mystery, though surely the world's shocked response to Kristallnacht, when Hitler's thugs burned hundreds of synagogues in a single night, had something to do with it. They wished briefly to place a human face on National Socialism. Into the Arms of Strangers, an extraordinarily fine and understated documentary, written and directed by Jonathan Mark Harris, at...

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