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Silent Saviours

52' (ENG, GER, FRE)
After the invasion of the German army in 1940, the Jews living in France, with the help of many, began their fight for survival.

Of those in France, 75% survived the Holocaust. The film shows the circumstances surrounding the rescue of tens of thousands of Jews and the civilian resistance that produced the many Silent Saviours. This film might be the last chance to memorialize the stories of the rescued and their saviours – a never before filmed chapter of the intertwined history of Germany and France.

The Nazi regime’s rise to power in 1933 brought with it the persecution of Jews living in Germany. First their businesses were attacked through a series of boycotts then they were forced face a constant bout of religious persecution.   In an attempt to escape this oppressive system, many fled to France – a revolutionary land known for its protection of human rights.

The persecuted were more than ever before, heavily dependent on the kindness of strangers. During this period of persecution many people of the French populous, were ready to risk their lives in order to protect the hunted Jews. They established safe zones by which to help these downtrodden people escape harassment. This aid surfaced in many shapes and forms - women accompanied orphaned children on their journeys to refugee camps, families helped forged documents for those in flight and some acted as spies while others offered money or carried important messages across the country. Most astounding, however, was their asceticism as masked vigilantes of justice.  

 

Original Title: Stille Retter – Überleben im besetzten Frankreich
Year: 2016
Length: 52' (ENG, GER, FRE)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Christian Frey, Susanne Wittek
Produced by: Gebrüder Beetz, NDR/arte

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