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The Windermere Children

FromMichael Samuels

WithThomas Kretschmann, Romola Garai, Iain Glen



The movie is based on the true story of a project by the United Kingdom Government to rehabilitate child survivors of the Holocaust on the shores of Lake Windermere. It is the story of 300 young orphaned Jewish refugees who were brought to England’s Lake District in the summer of 1945. Child psychologist Oscar Friedmann, along with a team of counsellors, was given four months to help the children start a new life, with the help of art trauma therapy, soccer practice, and language training. However, at night, the children were haunted by nightmares and yearned for news of their loved ones. In absence of relatives, the children found a family in each other. With the help of first-person testimonies, the movie gives voice to the experiences of these child survivors and their struggle of a new beginning.