Kindertransport is a play written by Diane Samules in 1995. It examines the life of a young girl affected by war in Nazi Germany and must leave behind everything she knows to travel on the Kindertransport to a family in England. The play delves into the destruction of lives, families, and traditions because of Hitler and World War II. Even the young souls that fortunately fled on the Kindertransport were never the same. Leaving their homes and loved ones, going to a new place where they can’t even understand what people are saying, would not have been an easy task.
The play follows two different storylines that intercept for an intense realization. The first is that of Young Eva, a girl who travels far away from her Mutti and Vati to a new family in England. She doesn’t speak any English and wants nothing more than to return home. In a parallel plot, on the other side of the stage is Faith and her mother Evelyn, going through old boxes in the attic. Faith comes across letters, photos, and toys of Eva and after probing her grandmother for answers, realizes that her mother Evelyn was the young Eva and had been hiding her true heritage and story for all the years. Instead of speaking truthfully and telling Faith about her old life, Evelyn tears up all the photos, letters, and anything pertaining to her former life. Faith is heartbroken as she says, “But… weren’t these things… sort of… entrusted to you? Why didn’t you look after them? Why didn’t you pass them on to me” (Samuels 72)
Though most of the play takes place after WWII, it still is all about the effects that war has even years and years later. The audience takes away a sense of knowing the importance of being truthful with family, and staying true to our heritage and traditions.
Samuels, Diane. Kindertransport.London. Nick Hern Books, 1995. Print.