Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII (2001)

Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII

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Critic Consensus: A moving, important testament to these children and the familes who took them in.


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As an infant at the dawn of World War II, director Aviva Slesin was handed off by her Jewish parents to a Lithuanian family, for safekeeping from the Nazis. Now, Slesin seeks out the stories of other "adoptees" and their families in the documentary Secret Lives: Hidden Children & Their Rescuers During WWII. Over the course of interviews with over five dozen children who escaped the Holocaust, Slesin learns of the struggles, hardships, and love experienced by these displaced sons and daughters, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Toby Appleton Perl
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 2004
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (19)

Rewarding viewing.

October 10, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

With economy, insight and skill, Slesin evokes all of the conflicting and contradictory emotions that attended these remarkable relationships.

October 10, 2003
Washington Post
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The overriding sense one gets from this short but powerful film is awe.

Full Review… | September 4, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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The images seem at first unspectacular, until you realize that this is their value -- as records of normal children leading normal lives in a most abnormal time.

Full Review… | July 25, 2003
Boston Globe
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A canticle to compassion, a memorial to those who risked torture and death to save innocents.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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Skillfully probes issues of conflicting emotions and allegiances in a dark time, yet emerges as a loving affirmation of humanity's remarkable potential for goodness in the face of pervasive evil.

Full Review… | June 19, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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