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Into the Arms of Strangers

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Nine months before the beginning of World War II, Britain began accepting Jewish and other persecuted children into its homes--often for good. For producer Deborah Oppenheimer, making Into the Arms of Strangers was a personal journey to trace the escape of her mother and her companions on the "Kindertransport," the train that took over 10,000 Kinder, or children, from their homes in Austria, Germany and Czechoslovakia. Told only to pack clothes, cleaning products and enough food for three meals, parents were limited to saying goodbye in front of the railroad station. Through research, Oppenheimer located several of the children, now in their 60s, 70s and 80s, who share their personal stories in this documentary, directed by Academy Award-winner Mark Jonathan Harris. Often overlooked in history books, this brave, albeit heart-wrenching effort to stem the Nazi tide comes to life in this film. See "Opening Friday" for theaters and times.

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