Quotes from the film:
“Some of the kids knocked my head against the wall. And the teachers examined my scalp for lice. They say I’m clean and well-groomed for a Jewish child. They’re calling me “sale juive” which means dirty Jew in French.”
~ Malvina, 11 years old in 1939
“I haven’t felt the antisemitism until recently. Now Germany is showing more and more hatred towards Jews. My friends and I think it’s just a matter of time that this widespread hatred will come to us here in Belgium, too.”
~ Irving, 17 years old in 1939
"Teenage Commentary & Film Credits"
The BIG PICTURE:
In 1933 Hitler became Chancellor in Germany and his antisemitic views were spreading throughout Europe. The Nazis in Germany called a boycott of Jewish businesses and banned Jews from government work. Jewish children could only go to Jewish schools.
Belgium was a neutral country in the war until___ and some thought that they were safe from this kind of harassment. However, antisemitic feelings were growing and many felt it was only a matter of time…
If you knew someone being bullied because of their beliefs, what would you do?
If this was the acceptable norm, what would you do?
Invasion of Belgium, France, etc…. The Maginot Line, Kristallnacht, Maps,