Saturday, December 31, 2005
Into the Arms of Strangers
Into the Arms of Strangers: Have you heard of the Kindertransport? I had vague notions about it but nothing concrete until I picked up this book of interviews with people who as children had been sent from Germany to England all by themselves at very young ages to live with people they'd often never heard of before. They left behind parents and friends in order to escape the growing horror that was the Third Reich; many of them never saw their parents again. This book is based on the Academy Award winning documentary of the same name and it seems like a good place to start learning about the Kindertransport. The stories are compelling and follow the children from the period right before Hitler took over Germany to their lives as adults and explains how, for many of them, the rootlessness caused by leaving their homes so early, influenced their behaviors for the rest of their lives. I'm renting the dvd from Netflix, but next on my reading list, for a change of pace, is my Christmas present to my husband -- Freakonomics.