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Exhibition Resource Guide: "They Were Children: Rescue as Resistance"

Suggested Movies

Au revoir les enfants (1987)

Based on the actions of Père Jacques, a French priest and headmaster who attempted to shelter Jewish children during the Holocaust. 


Come What May (2016)

A German communist flees to Northern France with his son. German troops follow May 1940. The son flees with the village towards Dieppe at the English Channel, as does the separated dad, joined by a Scottish officer.


La Rafle. (2010)

Based on the true story of a young Jewish boy, the film depicts the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup (Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv), the mass arrest of Jews by French police who were accomplices of Nazi Germans in Paris in July 1942.


Le voyage de Fanny (2016)

Based on the true story of Fanny Ben-Ami. In Vichy France, 1943, a group of French Jewish children, who had been sheltered by the Œuvre de secours aux enfants (Children's Aid Society) for three years, must now flee to neutral Switzerland, separated from any adults they can trust.

Other Suggested Movies

A Bag of Marbles (2017)

In occupied France, Maurice and Joseph, two young Jewish brothers left to their own devices demonstrate an incredible amount of cleverness, courage, and ingenuity to escape the enemy invasion and to try to reunite their family once again.


Resistance (2020)

Based on the true story of Marcel Marceau.  The story of mime Marcel Marceau, and cousin George Loinger, as he works with a group of Jewish boy scouts and the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.


Suite Française (2014)

During the early years of Nazi occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier, a French villager, and Lieutenant Bruno von Falk, a German soldier.

Suggested Shows

A Small Light (2023)

Follows the true story of Miep Gies, a Dutch woman who risked her life to shelter Anne Frank's family from the Nazis for more than two years during World War II.



The U.S. and the Holocaust (2022)

The U.S. and the Holocaust is a three-part, six hour series created by Ken Burns that examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws in America.