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The Children of Chabannes -- An inspirational World War II tale of courage, resilience and love, this film reveals how the people of Chabannes - a tiny village in unoccupied France - chose action over indifference to save the lives of 400 Jewish refugee children.


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In the spirit of Louis Malle's "Au Revoir les Enfants" and Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List," the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Norbert Bikales ... Himself / Child of Chabannes
Wolfie Blumenreich ... Himself / Child of Chabannes
Rene Castille ... Himself / Creuse Historian
Collette Dony-Pascal ... Herself / Chabannes Resident
Jerry Gerard ... Himself / Child of Chabannes
Lisa Gossels ... Narrator
Peter Gossels ... Himself / Child of Chabannes
Lydia Jablonski ... Herself / Chevrier's Secretary
Ruth Keller ... Herself / Child of Chabannes
Serge Klarsfeld ... Himself / Historian
Yvonne Labrousse ... Herself / Chabannes Resident
Georges Loinger ... Himself / OSE Educator
Jean Michaud ... Himself / Creuse Historian
Michele Nougier ... Reine Paillassou (dramatic recreation actor)
Renee Paillassou ... Herself / Teacher at Chabannes
Claude Pasty ... Félix Chevrier (dramatic recreation actor)
Rachel Pludermacher ... Herself / OSE Educator
Frédéric Pottecher ... Himself / Journalist
Philippe Pétain ... Himself (archive footage) (as Marechal Henri Philippe Pétain)
Ernest Rosner ... Himself / Child of Chabannes

Directed by
Lisa Gossels 
Dean Wetherell 
Produced by
Lisa Gossels .... producer
Dean Wetherell .... producer
Original Music by
Joel Goodman 
Cinematography by
Mustapha Barat (principal director of photography)
Philippe Bonnier 
Film Editing by
Lisa Gossels 
Dean Wetherell 
Sound Department
Fred Gremeaux .... sound
Doug Roberts .... supervising sound editor
Gerard Vicot .... sound
Tony Volante .... sound
Music Department
Joshua Gordon .... musician: cello
Maurice Jaubert .... composer: theme music
Patrice Mestral .... conductor
Dan Rosengard .... musician: piano
Laura J. Seaton .... musician: violin (as Laura Seaton)

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Previous review (edited version), 25 May 2001
Author: Christopher T. Chase ( from Arlington, VA.

Some of the Holocaust's most remarkable heroes never fired a shot...

Though SCHINDLER'S LIST was a grim but grand recounting of a remarkable act of heroism in the face of unspeakable evil, we need to be reminded of how there were many stories just like it unfolding simultaneously, and that the smaller, unheralded tales of people responding to the better side of their nature to help others in peril, can engage the mind and touch the heart as profoundly as a thousand Hollywood reenactments.

Gossels and Wetherell have done an astonishing job of preserving the story of the children and their protectors for generations to come, but more importantly, to remind us that even the smallest act of kindness performed, has repercussions into the future that we can't even begin to realize. And what the people of Chabannes did for those children, who became the resilient and remarkable adults we see today in this film, was by no means insignificant, or any less heroic than the exploits of Oskar Schindler for not having been duly recognized, until now.

FOOTNOTE: You can try as you might to remain unaffected by this story, until Chabannes refugee Wolfgang "Wolfie" Blumenreich recounts his desperate ruse to stay alive at Auschwitz, and you realize with a dawning sense of awe and disbelief, that his story provided Spielberg with one of the most haunting images from SCHINDLER'S LIST: of a terrified, rail-thin young boy hiding in the unimaginable muck of a stool pit, to avoid being selected as fodder for the gas chambers.

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