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LIFE STORIES


52'
2015


VERSION(S)
French, English & International

SUPPORT(S)
HD

PRODUCER(S)
Films André Guéret

DIRECTOR
Franck Lermier, Yvon Le Ravallec, Dominique Maestrali

One was deported for being a Jew, the other for being a Resistant, the third for being both... Three women who experienced the hell of the extermination camps describe their descent into the unspeakable...

Gisèle Guillemot, from Normandy, was involved in sabotaging German military trains. All of her male comrades were shot. As a woman, her death sentence was commuted to transportation to Ravensrück then Mauthausen.

Eva Tichauer, a Jew from Berlin, took refuge in France with her parents in 1933. During the war, she became an active member of the Resistance. Arrested during the Vel d'Hiv roundup, she was sent to Auschwitz in 1945 and was one of its few survivors.

Frania Haverland, a Polish Jew, endured imprisonment, at the age of 14, in the Tarnow ghetto. In 1943, she was taken to Plaszow camp, where she escaped death thanks to the famous "Schindler's List". She was then sent to Auschwitz, Birkenau, Flossenburg and Theresienstadt, from where she was released on 8 May 1945, the only survivor from her family.

Despite the efforts of historians, despite the records, despite numerous eyewitness testimonials, Holocaust deniers continue to claim that the death camps never existed. It is therefore, sadly, necessary to carry on collecting accounts from survivors of Auschwitz and Birkenau, so that their memory can endure beyond their passing and resist neo-Nazis of all kinds.

“Life Stories” is a collection of three such testimonies.
Three more stories? No, three ever-needed calls for vigilance.
"The belly is still fertile from which the vile beast sprang" (B. Brecht)


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