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

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

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

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Of the 1.5 million Jewish children living in Europe in 1939, only some 150,000 survived the Holocaust. Many of those survivors were sheltered from the Nazi juggernaut by a secret, ad hoc network of courageous non-Jewish European adults, who literally put their own lives on the line so that others might live. Among the children who escaped the horror of the "final solution" was Aviva Slesin, who spent the war years under the protection of a gallant Lithuanian family, and who grew up to become a documentary filmmaker. Produced in 2000, Secret Lives: Hidden Children & Their Rescuers During WWII was Slesin's personal account of the efforts made by other "Children of the Holocaust" to be reunited with the families who had saved them -- and to find out what had happened to their own biological families. Making its first appearance at the New York Jewish Film Festival on January 13, 2002, Secret Lives was given scattered national theatrical distribution in May of 2003, ultimately realizing its biggest audience when it was telecast as part of Cinemax's Reel Life anthology on October 14, 2003. (The TV version runs 90 minutes, some 18 minutes longer than the original theatrical cut.)
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NR
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Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (18)

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
Top Critic

The overriding sense one gets from this short but powerful film is awe.

September 4, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A canticle to compassion, a memorial to those who risked torture and death to save innocents.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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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Audience Reviews for Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII

½

this doc was really sparse and didn't seem to have much depth which is a shame because of the topic.

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