My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports

Until now, the extraordinary story of the "kindertransports" has not been captured on film. With tremendous courage and ingenuity, a group of British Jews and Quakers conceived of a rescue mission that saved the lives of 9,354 children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland between December 1938 and August 1939. Seventy percent were Jewish; the rest were Gypsies and other ethnicities. Ninety percent never saw their parents again. In recording her Viennese-born mother's story, filmmaker Melissa Hacker reveals the isolation of the rescued children, and the way memories and fears were transmitted to the next generation. Narrated by Joanne Woodward. 1996 Sundance Film Festival
2007: EM returned undeliverable
w/English Subtitle
Release Year
Festival Year(s)
Running Time