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Diary from Rivesaltes 1941-1942
(Journal de Rivesaltes 1941-1942)

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by Jacqueline Veuve
color, 77 min, 1997

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From August to October 1942, over 2250 Jews were deported from the internment camp of Rivesaltes to Auschwitz by way of Drancy. Among them were 110 children. Friedel Bohny-Reiter, a nurse with the Swiss Aid to Children, worked in this camp in the South of France. Like many others in the formerly unoccupied zone, it was run by the French.

Once a military camp, it had been converted in 1941 into a transit camp regrouping Jewish, Gypsy and Spanish people living in the area or who had fled to the free zone as refugees. Thanks to the young nurse from Basel, many children were probably saved from certain death. The film follows the nurse on a visit to that still intact site as well as through the pages of the journal she wrote in those dark days, published by Editions Zoë, Geneva in 1993.

"What... another documentary on World War II? No, a devastating film that goes straight to our hearts." — Nadine Richon, Le Matin, Lausanne
For Jacqueline Veuve, the story of Friedel Bohny-Reiter is "like a patch of blue sky on the dark record of Switzerland during the war." — Antoine Duplan, L'Hebdo, Lausanne

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Locarno, Munich 1997
Berlin Forum, 1998
Award for the Best Swiss Documentary, 1998
Festival Valladolid
Festival les Yeux Grands Ouverts, Créteil

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