The Windermere Children (DVD)
In 1945, hundreds of children liberated from concentration camps were flown into a tiny town in the Lake District to begin new lives. This BBC dramatization, based on true events, tells their unique story. Starring Iain Glen, Romola Garai and Tim McInnerny.
One summer’s night in 1945 a coach-load of children, some as young as three years old, are in transit from Carlisle airport to the Calgarth Estate in Lake Windermere, England.
They are child survivors, and presumed orphans, of the Holocaust. With only a few meagre possessions, they do not know what awaits them in Britain.
They speak no English and, having spent many years living in death camps, are deeply traumatised.
The responsibility for looking after the children is held by Oscar Friedmann, a German-born child social worker and psychoanalyst.
He and his team are in uncharted territory: their project to mass-rehabilitate a group of children has never been attempted before.