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Weapons of the Spirit

Directed by Pierre Sauvage

France | 90 minutes | 1987

French with English subtitles

As the Nazi war machine marched across Europe and Jews were rounded up and killed, a small town in France became an unlikely haven for the persecuted. The small village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, which was inhabited mostly by Huguenots (devout Protestants whose own history involved being persecuted), became a place where families took in Jews and hid them in their houses and on their farms. The villagers risked their lives, and their bravery is evident in interviews with residents who recall the Nazis searching house to house for Jews in hiding. Directed by Pierre Sauvage, who was born in the village while his parents were being sheltered, this documentary is a moving look at ordinary people who performed extraordinary feats.
Director Pierre Sauvage
Countries of Production France
Year of Presentation 1987
Language(s) French with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 90 minutes
Principal Cast Pierre Sauvage, Henri Héritier, Emma Héritier
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