A Debt To Honor
An unforgettable encounter with ordinary people who refused to succumb to Nazi tyranny. Italian Christians remember how they saved more than 30,000 Jews following Hitler’s 1943 occupation of Northern Italy. Nuns, priests, and others tell of foiling deportation of "their older brothers" to Auschwitz by hiding whole families in convents, spiriting children across the Swiss border, or forging papers to bestow non-Jewish identities. Their stories are punctuated with archival newsreels tracing the rise of Mussolini and the enforcement of anti-Semitic laws. The documentary ends with scenes from a 1994 ceremony in Rome honoring rescuers who "did their duty all the way." Grades 7 and up. Color & B/W. (30 min)
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