My Knees Were Jumping; Remembering the Kindertransports film screening in London


May 9, 2024    
12:00 pm BST - 2:00 pm BST

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Kindertransport survivors, KT2s , KT3s, KT4s, all generations are invited to join the Association of Jewish Refugees for a Kinder Lunch, film screening, and discussion with Director Melissa Hacker, Executive Director of the KTA.

Short-listed for Academy Award nomination and screened at film festivals throughout the world, My Knees Were Jumping tells the story of the Kindertransports, and of Melissa Hacker’s mother, a Kindertransport survivor who fled from Vienna and eventually settled in the United States, where she became an Academy Award nominated costume designer, working on films such Taxi DriverAnnie Hall, The Hustler, The Miracle Worker, Tootsie, and many more classic American movies. She is a strong presence of the film talking about her experiences alongside other former child refugees, many of them women. They remember the antisemitism of schoolmates and neighbours, the violence and their fears, the difficult decision their parents had to make to send them off into the unknown, and how they were received in England by foster families. Hacker gives them plenty of space to talk and reflect on past events making this film a moving and invaluable record of testimony.

For details, reach out to Susan Harrod of the AJR: