Sunday, March 04, 2012

Sunday Salon: Into The Arms of Strangers (2000)

After reading Anne C. Voorhoeve's My Family for the War, I knew I had to find out more about kindertransport. I was quite happy to learn there was a documentary all about it, a documentary with interviews from many of the children who were transported safely--if not exactly happily--to England. (This film even won an Academy Award in 2001 for Best Documentary!!!)

A little bit more about kindertransport...
Great Britain agreed to permit Jewish children between the ages of 5 and 17 to come to the U.K. -- without their parents. Between December of 1938 and August of 1939, some 10,000 German children gained refuge in the U.K. Most were adopted by British families, and many of the older boys served in the British Army, fighting against the Nazis, but the majority were never to see their birth parents again.
Think about that. Really think about that. The choice of it all. To send your kids away to safety knowing that likely you'll not see them again because your own chances at survival are so very slim...or to keep your kids with you to the end and face death all together as a family. Not that there would be any guarantees that you'd be able to stay all it turns out many families were separated in the camps. Husbands from wives. Parents from children. But still. It wasn't an easy choice for parents to make...or for children and teens to accept. The documentary talks about this a great deal.

Watch Into the Arms of Strangers
  • If you are interested in learning more about Kindertransport
  • If you are interested in learning more about the Nazi's treatment of Jews in the late 1930s and throughout the war, leading, of course, to the Holocaust
  • If you are interested in World War II
  • If you are looking for personal stories as a way to effectively share what this time period was really like (the Holocaust is about so much more than numbers)
  • If you enjoy great documentaries

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Kailana 1:29 PM  

This sounds very interesting. Thanks for the heads-up!

Annette 7:04 PM  

Becky, this is a dvd I've had my eye on so to speak over at Amazon. I do have a BIG interest in this history.
Currently I have a book to read about the children affected by WWII. It is entitled "The War of Our Childhood" by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel. He is the author of "German Boy" which is one of my favorite books from this historical period.

Post a Comment

I'm always happy to hear from you! To help fight spam, comment moderation has been set up for posts older than two days. Feel free to ask me questions or ask for recommendations!

Review Policy

I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

Unique Visitors and Google PR Rank

Free PageRank Checker

Pageloads Counter

Search Book Blogs Search Engine

My Blog List

(Old) Challenge Participants

Becky's Hosting These Challenges

100 Books Project: Fill in the Gaps

Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

  © Blogger template Newspaper III by 2008

Back to TOP