||In the nine months just prior to World War II nearly
10,000 children were sent, without their parents, to Great Britain from Nazi Germany,
Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. These children were rescued by the Kindertransport
movement. Most of the children never saw their parents again. Those courageous parents who
had the strength to send their children off to an unknown fate soon boarded transports
taking them to concentration camps.
The story of the
Kindertransports is an extraordinary piece of history-- unknown far too long. The children
who lived the trauma and terror of being uprooted from secure homes tell amazing stories.
Into the darkness of the Holocaust it is important to add true tales that are life
Melissa Hacker, a documentary filmmaker, has produced, directed and
edited My Knees Were Jumping; Remembering the Kindertransports,the first feature-length documentary on this important but hidden story of the Holocaust. The
filmmaker has lifelong, intimate knowledge of this story, as her mother was one of the
children rescued from Vienna by the Kindertransport movement in January 1939.
What People Are Saying About My Knees Were
||Melissa Hacker's documentary, "My Knees Were
Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports," is about the Jewish children who
were saved by emigrating to Britain (from Germany, Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia) 60
years ago. Since Ms. Hacker is the daughter of one such emigre -- the costume designer
Ruth Morley, an Academy Award nominee for "The Miracle Worker" -- she approaches
her poignant subject matter in a particularly earnest, intimate way. In this gentle
documentary, Ms. Hacker's mother and others who shared the young refugees' experience
speak at length about its impact...
-- Janet Maslin, The New York Times (2 December 1998)
...the documentaries seem in some ways more provocative than many of the
dramatic features. Some that have stirred interest are...My Knees Were
Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports, about the escape of Jewish
children from Germany just before WW II...
-- Bernard Weinraub, The New York Times
(Reporting from the Sundance Film Festival)
Surviving participants vividly recall the excitement and the
downside of this "adventure".....These stories are heart-rending....Editing
weaves together talking-head interviews, newsreel footage, old photos and other material
to sketch far-reaching psychological and historical reverberations. Tech package is crisp
and pro.... Fests, educational and broadcast outlets will beckon.
-- Dennis Harvey, Weekly Variety
(Reporting from The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival)
Melissa Hacker's My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the
Kindertransports narrates the trauma of history as a tragedy of generational
loss....Narration by Joanne Woodward is intercut with Hacker's own personal reflections on
the impact of the Kindertransports on her mother and family....the film is not just about
her specific story; it is also about family and the legacy of experience in the broadest
-- Yosha Goldstein, Filmmaker Magazine feature
(Special Sundance issue)
This Web site
||This Web site is a companion to the film and includes
information about the history of the Kindertransports and links to useful on-line
resources. For more information or to be put on the Knees e-mail
mailing list, send e-mail to email@example.com