Meg Waite Clayton: The Last Train to London
Based on true events, The Last Train to London tells the story of a Dutchwoman who, working with British and Austrian Jews, faces down Adolf Eichmann to rescue thousands of children from Nazi-occupied Vienna. In 1936, the Nazis are little more than brutish bores to 15-year-old Stephan, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright. Stephan’s best friend, Žofie-Helene, is a Christian whose mother edits a progressive anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents’ carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis take control. Dutchwoman Truus Wijsmuller risks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany. After Britain passes a measure to take in child refugees, “Tante Truus” dares to approach Adolf Eichmann in a race against time to bring children like Stephan, his brother Walter and Žofie-Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future.
Meg Waite Clayton’s screenplay for The Last Train to London was chosen for Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, sponsored by The Writers Lab. Meg’s novels include The Race for Paris and The Wednesday Sisters, an Entertainment Weekly 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time. She has published some 100 short pieces in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes and Runners World.