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In the spirit of Louis Malle s Au Revoir les Enfants and Steven Spielberg s Schindler s List, the Emmy® Award-winning film THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES has been praised as splendid, informative and emotionally involving (Los Angeles Times) and called a seamless memoir of courage and a tribute to the human spirit. (New York Daily News).
A magical World War II tale of courage, resilience and love, THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES reveals the untold story of how the people in a tiny village in unoccupied France chose action over indifference to save the lives of 400 Jewish refugee children. Returning to the forgotten corner of France with her father and uncle (two of the saved children), filmmaker Lisa Gossels and co-director Dean Wetherell movingly recreate the joys and fears of daily life in Chabannes during the war. Through warm and wonderful accounts from the educators, townspeople and from the children themselves, we see how this oasis of hope is shattered in August of 1942, when the war reached the doorsteps of the chateau where these children lived.
A celebration of human kindness, THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES delivers a profound message of tolerance. The film documents the remarkable efforts made by the citizens of Chabannes, who risked their lives and livelihoods to protect these children, simply because they felt it was the right thing to do.
- Feature-length French Language Version; Children s Art Gallery; Chateau Journal Pages; Filmmaker Biographies; Trailer
- Children's art gallery
- Chateau journal pages
- Filmmaker biographies
- Theatrical trailer
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The interviews with the survivors, including the teachers, gives a good picture of the life there. The many photos and written accounts round out the documentary. Very well done!
than I imagined. It was wonderful. I thought of a hundred ways to use this in school...ok, I may be exaggerating, but it is going
to be a great asset to our curriculum. I cried at a few beautiful statements which I don't do easily. The members of this crew are to be congratulated for a job well done! Guess I better have tissues ready in my classroom. The music was perfect...and the camera shots, dialogue, and updates on the "children" added a valuable, insightful component to this award-winning testimonial!
Between 1939 and 1943, Chabannes was the location of choice by the Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants, or OSE, a Jewish social service organisation that placed 400 German-Jewish children at an old chateau under Feliz Chevrier, a non-Jew. The children ranged in age between 2 and 17. Though Chevrier died in 1962, some of his colleagues and secretary are featured in this documentary. Most notably featured are the Paillassou sisters who were schoolteachers, Rachel Pludermacher, the first teacher recruited by the OSE to instruct Jewish refugee children and many other remarkable people.
The documentary is very engaging as it features accounts by the surviving children and of course, the amazing and courageous townspeople who risked everything to protect them. It is a testament to a community that refused to give in to the Nazi tyrants - simple, ordinary people who did extraordinary good things in a horrific time.
In the 1940's, Charbannes was a rural village of modest farmers known for their "republican" sentiments and their stolid disbelief in the exhortations of Vichy propaganda. All of the Jewish children who were housed, fed and schooled in the Chateau of Charbannes were refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe. Some of them had narrowly escaped concentration camps in Germany. At the chateau, they led a safe, nurtured existence until 1943, when the inevitable quotas for death camp transport were issued in earnest by the Vichy regime. Despite the available depth of Holocaust literature, one cannot fail to feel shock and dismay at hearing the Charbannes rescuers and survivors recall how Vichy officials demanded exhaustive details concerning innocent, traumatized Jewish orphans. To the everlasting honor of the OSE staff and French teachers at Charbannes, the children of the chateau were dispersed by the Charbonnes rescuers into the local forests and later guided to refuge elsewhere.
"The Chateau of Charbannes" is a wholly uplifting and successful work, laden with the gleam of the French rescurers, teachers and refugee children who went on to live productive, meaningful lives.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Vivement qu'on en fasse une version française!
I can't wait the French version!!!
From 1939 and during the fall, partition, and the unoccupied zone of France in the 1940s during World War II, there is a obscured incident
which should be given renewed public... Read more
I love history of people and places... true stories of heros... saving children... and the follow-up of the lives of both children and teachers, etc.Published 22 months ago by Seeker of Truth
Although he didn't appear in the film, my late father was one of the 500 Jewish children who were rescued by the incredibly brave and good people depicted in the film. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by nobbysbev
Extraordinary documentary about the people of the Creuse region of France who, during World War ii courageously opened their homes and schools to hundreds of Jewish immigrant... Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Scadhog
I purchased this video after seeing it recommended by the random acts of kindness website. I planned to show it to 8th grade students. Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by JenL
A very well made documentary of good deeds in the bad time of the German Occupation of France. An occupation brings out the worst and the best in people. Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by J. L. Dirks
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