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WHAT WE WOULD LIKE
Priority of the documentary is to give Truus Wijsmuller the national and international credits that she didn’t receive yet, as well as a space in the history books that she can so rightfully claim.
The biggest part of the story will be told by the former Kindertransport children themselves, the children that were saved by Truus Wijsmuller.
After intensive research, we have been able to locate a group of twenty children that owe their life to the Kindertransport and Truus Wijsmuller’s actions.
Of the group of 74 children that she was able to rescue from the orphanage 'Burgerweeshuis' in Amsterdam on the last day before the capitulation of the Netherlands, a remarkable amount of 'children' is still alive and more than willing to share their memories.
This is the story of the group who was able to leave at the exact moment Holland was surrendering, and who was taken on board of the SS Bodegraven from IJmuiden to England – a voyage that took them six rough days at sea.
From England to Israel, from New York, Arizona and San Francisco to Toronto (Canada) and from Zürich to Berlin and Montreux, we have been able to locate and film many of Truus children.
The son of one of the ‘children’ we recently traced down in the New Jersey, while we were in the middle of filming in London, put the emotions of his family into words:
“It is too bad we didn’t have more notice or I would have suggested to him that we come to London. Your documentary will help preserve an important part of our history and bring further recognition to a well deserving ‘Righteous Gentile’.”
In the last year the project Truus' Children has been fortunate enough to receive the moral and financial support of many different organizations, funds and private people. This has enabled us to cover the costs of filming all the interviews worldwide and to continue the research for which we are very grateful.
Nevertheless, we are still looking for funds to realize the whole project which will result in the most impactful document possible about the woman who dared to make The Difference between life and death for such a big group of mostly children.
If you are interested in helping us in any way, please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org