It is 75 years since the British government sanctioned a mission to bring 10,000 Jewish children to the United Kingdom following the devastation of Kristallnacht in 1938. That night of violence, organized against the Jewish communities in Germany, put pressure on the British government to relax immigration controls for a limited number of children. Charitable organizations, such as the Red Cross, organized the Kindertransport, where unaccompanied children between the ages of 5 and 17, were allowed to travel to Britain. Their lives were saved, but it was a traumatic rescue and the forced separation from their parents was only the beginning. The fleeing children had to survive in a strange new world,
where they couldn't speak the language and had no idea who was going to care for them. Seventy Five years on we speak to some of those who came to Britain about their memories, and reflections of leaving their family behind so that they could survive. [28 minutes]
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Series Description: The international version of BBC Newsnight is a weekly round-up of news and current affairs including interviews with global opinion formers and documentary features from all over the world. Presenters include Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark, Gavin Esler and Emily Maitlis. Thought-provoking and informative, Newsnight offers in-depth analysis of complex global issues.
BBC Newsnight is commissioned by BBC World News, which is presented nationally on public television by KCET Los Angeles. Produced out of the BBC's London studio, BBC Newsnight and BBC World News draw from the BBC's unrivalled global newsgathering resource of 2,000 journalists and 70 international bureaus.
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