Holocaust Remembrance Pt. 2


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Our Holocaust Remembrance continues, as we take a look at the 1989 documentary WEAPONS OF THE SPIRIT.

Last week, we talked about Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 landmark film SHOAH: a film which chronicles, in great detail, the process by which the German Nazis went about planning and executing the horrors of the genocide of the European Jewry. This week’s film looks at The Atrocity through a very different, but no less important lens.

WEAPONS OF THE SPIRIT focuses largely on the inhabitants of a small French village called Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. These inhabitants, while under Nazi occupation, made it their collective mission to shelter any Jew that came through their township. It is estimated that the citizens of the area of Le Chambon managed to save the lives of approximately 5,000 Jews.

For today’s episode, Lady P is joined by WEAPONS’ director and the president of the Chambon Foundation, Pierre Sauvage, to talk about his approach to the subject. They discuss how he went about putting together this documentary, and his commitment to historical accuracy. And perhaps most importantly, they discuss why it is just as critical to remember the great acts of courage and heroism displayed under these harrowing circumstances as it is to remember the evils of the Holocaust.


About the author: Lady P

Founder, President, and Head Film Snob at Flixwise Podcast

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