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Kinder Transport
Context;
Kinder transport is the name given to the rescue mission that took place nine months prior to the
outbreak of the Second World War. The mission was to send of children, most of them Jewish, from
Germany to Britain. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from
Nazi Germany, Austria and Poland. When the Jews lost their parents in the war they didn't know
where they were going and what was going to happen to their parents. Britain was the country to
give free transfer to the Jewish children to come to Britain and stay away from the War.
A war was caused because Hitler's policies were to remove the Jews from
Germany. Hitler wanted a country of only German people. He wrote a book
called Mein Kampf and he was explaining the reason why he wanted to remove
the Jews. The reason why Hitler wrote the book was to explain how selfish the
Jews were. He believed that they were being greedy with money and Jews
were not employing Germans. When Hitler came to power he promised he
would make Germany strong again, he started with getting rid of the Jews by
making the Nuremberg laws (which meant Jews and Germans couldn't do normal
things together).
The Plot;
The play is set in Germany in 1938 after a night of violence against Jews across Germany. The British
responded by making a program called Kindertransport, which enabled Jewish children to have a safe
passage to the UK.
Kindertransport is a play about a little girl Eva who's nine. At the beginning of the play, her parents
made the difficult decision of sending her away to Manchester to get away from the war. The play
jumps from when she was still adjusting to life in the UK to when she was older and had a family of
her own. After her daughter Faith found out about her mother's past she confronts her. Eva, now
Evelyn, completely denies her heritage and refuses to accept her past.
Key Characters;
Evelyn;
Evelyn is the older self of Eva, she has changed her name to Evelyn, (this is more English). She
changed it when she found out that her father died and her mother would not be coming to Britain,
she was baptised. Therefore, she changes everything about her, denying her roots. Soon, Faith, Eva's
daughter, finds out about her mother's real heritage and is also shaken, because her sense of
identity and reality, she finds is changed.
Helga;
Helga is Eva's mother and she has to make a very difficult decision to send of her daughter to
England for her own safety. This must have been the most difficult thing about the war for a lot of
parents. Imagine how this must have felt for them? In return, we see that her daughter is someone
else when Helga finally comes to take her to America.. Eva now Evelyn refuses to go with her,
denying her mother.

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Kinder Transport
Lil;
Lil is the adoptive mother of Eva/Evelyn. She took in Eva when she was nine years old, after the
German children were brought to England. When Eva first met Lil, Eva could not speak English, so
found it difficult to communicate with Lil. However, she learns English and along with acquiring this
language, she acquires a new character. Lil also struggles to hide Eva's identity and gives it away to
Faith at the end.…read more

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Kinder Transport
Significance of Eva not being able to hold her jewellery or watch
Dramatic irony
Stage Directions
Use of props/setting
Dramatic significance of key moments in the text eg the departure of Eva on the Kindertransport or
Evelyn and Lil's tearing up of Eva's letters
Stichomythia
Language: the significance of German in the play/ evocation of the past through German words/ Use
of non-standard word order for dramatic effect
The denouement
Significance of unnamed characters eg: Nazi Border Official, the English Organiser, the Postman,…read more

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