07/08 Season >> Kindertransport
Our 2007-08 Season
KindertransportBook by Diane Samuels
March 15 - 30, 2008
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Pre-war persecution of Jews reached its pinnacle with the pogrom of November 9 and 10, 1938, known as Kristallnacht (the night of broken glass), when German and Austrian Nazis burned and destroyed 267 synagogues, killed 100 people, smashed 7500 Jewish stores and incarcerated nearly 30,000 individuals in concentration camps.
In response to these events the British Jewish Refugee Committee initiated the unique rescue operation now known as "Kindertransport." With permission from their government and aid from Quaker and other non-Jewish refugee organizations, they brought 10,000, mostly Jewish, unaccompanied children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland to safety in Great Britain.
Playwright Diane Samuels interviewed a number of the Kinder and wove their actual experiences into her fictional account of Eva, who, at the age of 9, was sent by her German family to find safe haven in England. This moving story takes place in England in the late 1970s, and follows Eva's journey – with heartache and hope.