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Kindertransport (NHB Modern Plays) (Nick Hern Books)


Kindertransport (NHB Modern Plays) (Nick Hern Books)

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    Available in PDF Format | Kindertransport (NHB Modern Plays) (Nick Hern Books).pdf | English
    Diane Samuels(Author)
Kindertransport is a SET TEXT for GCSE Drama (AQA) and AS/A-Level English Literature (WJEC)

A modern classic about one woman's struggle to come to terms with her past. Brutally separated from her German Jewish parents and brought to England with the promise of a new life, nine-year-old Eva ends up in Manchester. When Eva's parents fail to escape Germany, the child changes her name and begins the process of denial of her roots. It is only when her own daughter discovers some letters in their attic that Eva is forced to confront the truth about the past.

Between 1938 and the outbreak of war, almost 10,000 children, most of them Jewish, were sent by their parents from Germany to Britain. This new edition of Diane Samuels award winning play contains several personal memoirs by children whose lives were saved by the Kindertransport.

Diane Samuel's Page to Stage AUTHOR'S GUIDE to Kindertransport is published by Nick Hern Books in January 2014.

A powerful contribution to Holocaust literature ... presented with emotional clarity and intense sympathy. New YorkerSearing theatre that cuts across a continuum of suffering to the very heart of what unifies us as human --The TimesI defy anyone who is a mother or a daughter not to feel a shiver up the spine and the prick of tears as three generations of women count the price of survival...This play tells a true story in more ways than one. --GuardianDiane Samuels' tale of a nine-year-old Jewish girl escaping an increasingly dangerous pre-War Germany for the relatively safe confines of Manchester has become a classic. --The Stage

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Book details

  • PDF | 112 pages
  • Diane Samuels(Author)
  • Nick Hern Books; 2nd edition (1 May 2008)
  • English
  • 8
  • Music, Stage & Screen
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  • By bendy on 31 July 2017


  • By TechReviews UK on 7 May 2017

    I saw this play several years ago and utterly loved it. Today, I reread the script and was struck again by how poignantly Samuels writes about a child being separated from her parents. The beauty of this play is that the consequences of the forced separation (though it was done through love) can be seen in multiple generations. This plays asks questions that are well worth asking, and it does so with wonderfully written characters that reach out and grab your heartstrings.

  • By Georgia on 13 August 2017

    I used this book during my drama GCSE and found it very intriguing and interesting to act out, the storyline's incredible - a gripping tale of love and loss, and truly depicts the horror that war created. Definitely worth the read.

  • By A Burl on 23 March 2017

    lovely book and great service.

  • By Mr G. on 22 January 2017

    It's a book, read it! Good price though

  • By Andrea Pryke on 25 June 2016

    I would love to see this play performed, as it is really hard to review a play as written form, as of course they are intended to be performed., but having read the dialogue I can tell that it is a really powerful and moving piece about the Kinder transport that saved Jewish children just before the outbreak of world war 2, and how it affected their lives and the lives of their descendants years later.Today it seems impossible that the holocaust was allowed to happen, but it did and this is why plays like this need to be performed – history needs to be remembered. The play is well written and moves between the child Eva and her adult counterpart Evelyn, and how she deals with being uprooted from her life with her parents in Germany to England and the strangers who become her new family. During the play Evelyn’s daughter discovers items from her Mother’s past and wants to learn more about her family history, history that Evelyn does not want to be reminded of. It is the story of those who need to forget and those who need to know, this is something that interests me because of my family, and our history, history that is now sadly unrecoverable but no less interesting. As my Father has said ‘The true heroes never talked about it’. – not necessarily because they wanted to forget it, but because they didn’t believe they were heroes. Again I would love to see this performed in order to understand the context better

  • By Eddy Knasel on 12 December 2013

    I read this very powerful play as a member of a Quaker group involved in planning events to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One in 2014, highlighting the role of conscientious objectors in both WW1 and WW2. We hope to encourage a local secondary school to put on a production of this thought-provoking play which deals with complex issues of identity and abandonment in an appropriately nuanced way. There are no heroes, only victims - which is a fitting message to draw about any war.

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