In November 1938 in reaction to the “Kristallnacht”, the growing violence against Jews, Social Democrats and Bolsheviks and the rising Nazi threat, the British government made available permits for children – and only children – from Germany, Austria and other Nazi-occupied territories in Europe to enter the UK safely. Before World War II erupted, nearly 10.000 youngsters, most of them Jewish, had made it to England.
To mark the 80th anniversary of that rescue operation – which became known as the “Kindertransport” – the Théâtres de la Ville are embarking on an international collaboration to produce Diane Samuels’ play inspired by those events. Anne Simon will direct a mixed cast and work with an international team on a production that is set to be performed in the UK and in Luxembourg. Kindertransport approaches the experience of surviving the Holocaust from the unusual perspective of a child who thankfully escapes its horrors but pays a heavy price long after it is over.