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Des terroristes à la retraite (1985)

In November 1943, 200 resisters from the Paris region were arrested by the Gestapo. 23 of them were shot on February 21, 1944. They are members of the "Manouchian" group, resisting communists foreigners, Jews for the most part.

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Ilex Beller
Jean-Paul Bonnaire
Gilbert Brustlein
Stéphane Courtois
Jacques Farber
Alain Forge
Philippe Granier-Raymond
Louis Gronowski
Boris Holban
Raymond Kojitsky
Jean Lemberger
Claude Levy
Raymond Lévy
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In November 1943, 200 resisters from the Paris region were arrested by the Gestapo. 23 of them were shot on February 21, 1944. They are members of the "Manouchian" group, resisting communists foreigners, Jews for the most part.

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12 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Terrorists in Retirement  »

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This documentary was previously planned to be released on TV on channel Antenne 2, on 2 June 1985. But the French Communist Party asked the French Audiovisual authorities to cancel the broadcast. Then Marin Karmitz accepted to distribute it in theaters. See more »

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This great film is sadly obscure
30 April 2002 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

This film portrays resistence fighters residing in France during World War II. They are a band of men, mostly Jews, who came to France from European countries invaded by Hitler in order to escape the grim fate of their co-religionists. Their story was hidden by the French authorities after the war since their heroism could not be attributed to the "French French". They lived the rest of their quiet lives in complete obscurity; only brought to attention by the discovery of a Nazi Era poster condemning "foreign elements" in the French resistence.

The irony of the rescue from obscurity of these quiet heros by a Nazi condemnation is bitter, but the film, lovingly made and respectfully presented is a great tribute to these great men.

This film brings both the history and the personal lives of these men to life, and teaches us all a lesson in political expediency that is difficult to forget.


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