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The Windermere Children

Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. — Child survivors of the Holocaust are brought to an estate near England’s Lake Windermere to recuperate.

 The Windermere Children

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THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN, a new feature-length dramatization of a remarkable true story about hope in the aftermath of the Holocaust is based on the powerful first-person testimony of orphaned survivors who rebuilt their lives in the U.K. following World War II.

From BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Simon Block and BAFTA- and Emmy-winning director Michael Samuels, THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN is led by an incredible cast including Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist), Romola Garai (“The Miniaturist”), Tim McInnerny (“Strangers”) and Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”).

The story follows a group of child Holocaust survivors who are transported to the Calgarth Estate by Lake Windermere, England in August 1945. Carrying only the clothes they wear and a few meager possessions, they bear the emotional and physical scars of all they have suffered.

Child psychologist Oscar Friedmann (Kretschmann) is charged with looking after the children. He and his team of counselors, including art therapist Marie Paneth (Garai), philanthropist Leonard Montefiore (McInnerny) and sports coach Jock Lawrence (Glen), have four months to help the children begin to heal and reclaim their lives. They learn English, play football, ride bikes, attempt to integrate with the locals and express their trauma through painting. Haunted by nightmares, they yearn for news of their loved ones from the Red Cross, but in the absence of relatives, the children find family in each other.

THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN is the stark, moving and ultimately redemptive story of the bonds the children make with one another, and of how the friendships forged at Windermere sustain them as they work to rebuild their lives in the U.K.

STAY TUNED for a companion documentary, The Windermere Children In Their Own Words, which will air at 11:30 p.m.

Watch a Preview of The Windermere Children