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On July 16-17, 1942, over 13,000 Jews were arrested in Paris and its suburbs by French police who were zealous supporters of the German occupiers. Most were kept at Paris’ Velodrome d’Hiver sports stadium; many were sent on to Auschwitz. The operation was ordered by France’s Vichy government. A movie about possibly the biggest tragedy in the history of France. La rafle follows the little boy Joseph Weismann, who was ten years of age when he, his family and his friends were arrested by the French police. All people in the film, and all of the action, are based on true stories.
With: Jean Reno, Gad Elmaleh, Mélanie Laurent, Samuel Le Bihan, Sylvie Testud, Anne Brochet, Catherine Allégret, Udo Schenk.
Trailer for the movie La rafle (The round-up):
We just came back from seeing this film. My mouth is still open and my eyes are still filled with tears. Everyone should see this film. High schools should show it. There are a few people– real people–who were horrified enough at what was going on to act accordingly. If we all see their examples and follow them…there would be hope. Thank you to whomever made this movie, it was real and heart-wrenching and riveting: it didn’t let you off the hook.