The Children of Chabannes

This deeply moving documentary tells the story of a tiny village in France during WWII that was home for over 400 Jewish refugee children. Having recently read about the morally dubious actions of French artists in Paris during the Occupation, it was heartening to hear a story about the courage ordinary human beings can display when facing extraordinary depravity.  Due to the heroism and basic human kindness of a handful of French citizens in a dot on the map called Chabannes, only 4 of 400 hidden children ended their brief lives in the camps. At times harrowing, at times idyllic, the story of how these children were rescued from certain death convinces you that the human spirit can, in fact, triumph over evil.

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