The Children Who Cheated the Nazis

About the Show

Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, almost 10,000 Jewish children escaped from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. For the parents, the decision to send their children away was an agonising one, but as conditions for Jews deteriorated, they had no choice. Parents were forced to stay behind, and for many it was the final goodbye. Most of the 'Kindertransport' children came to Britain where they had to start new lives in a world where the customs and language were totally alien. In their own words they describe how their lives and those of their families changed when the Nazis came to power. Including interviews with Lord Attenborough and actor Warren Mitchell, whose families took in Kindertransport children, this is a compelling story that uncovers what happened to the children and the families they left behind. It is a story of survival and loss that continues to haunt those involved several decades after these events took place.