My Knees Were Jumping

One of the little-known stories of the Holocaust is recounted in heartrending detail in Melissa Hacker's doc about the Kindertransports, a rescue mission organized by a group of British Jews and Quakers that saved nearly 10,000 children from the concentration camps. The movement was set up in 1938, after the British Parliament passed a bill allowing the threatened children to enter England. To its shame, the U.S. Congress turned down similar legislation.


My Knees Were Jumping
Directed by Melissa Hacker
At the Anthology

Hacker intercuts talking-head interviews and passages of rare and moving archival footage. She centers the film on her mother, Ruth Morley— one of the lucky kids transported out of Austria— who eventually became a successful costume designer (The Miracle Worker, Taxi Driver). Like most of those interviewed, Morley admits that she had hardly ever spoken of her wartime experiences before— even to her own children. These grown-up Kinder all seem to have gone through adult lives haunted by lingering survivor's guilt.

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