Into The Arms Of Strangers Analysis

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Imagine living a content life with your family in a comfortable environment, as most children in the world live today. Then, all of a sudden, you were forced to depart from your birth parents and move to an unknown place, where you had to start a new life with new parents. That's a very terrifying thought that thousands of Jewish children did not envision. With no clear explanation of the reason behind this act, some children viewed it as if their parents just didn't love them or care for them. However, this was not the case at all. The idea of their children going away to another country and being under the care of complete strangers worried them tremendously. However, they knew that this was best for their child's safety and they would just have to overcome their uneasy feelings in order to protect them. This was a very traumatic, horrifying thing for Jewish children to endure and for some, the outcome was not what they had hoped. Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, directed by Mark Harris, is a documentary that features the stories of twelve survivors of the Kindertransport in England. In the film, they are now adults and they vividly tell their childhood stories with emotion and honesty about what they were feeling at the time. They begin by talking about how great their life was before everything took a turn for the worst. They enjoyed their life and could live freely. Also, they were spoiled and got things that they wanted whenever they asked. In the words of survivor Kurt Fechel, “It was a very idealistic life.” However, the enactment of anti-Jewish laws changed their lifestyles forever. These anti-Jewish laws heavily oppressed the Jews, young and old. They became victims of hate and mistreatment. ... ... middle of paper ... ...sh children and how they were able to persevere through devastation, heartbreak, and tragedies. "I can assure you, I always grit my teeth and smile," reads the narrator from one of the children's letters to their parents. These children didn't show any signs of weakness and didn’t let their obstacles take over their life. It is very admirable how they were able to endure what they did, yet still make a life for themselves. Now that they are adults, it is clear to see how their experiences shaped them and greatly influenced their lives. The strangers who took these children in are very admirable as well. Their willingness to take in children they didn’t know saved thousands of lives. The greatest outcome of the Kindertransport was that they survived; however, they were robbed of their childhood and were forced to live a life that they had not imagined for themselves.
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