This Holocaust Survivor Shares The Most Powerful Story From Her Time In A Concentration Camp

Francine Christophe is an 83-year-old French writer and poet. She's also Jewish and a Holocaust survivor who was sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany during WWII. In this video excerpt from the documentary "Human," she tells the remarkable story of how a simple act of kindness was returned to her decades later. It's a powerful story of survival and the triumph of the human spirit.

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+10 1. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

This went full circle, what an incredible woman!
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-2 2. LQoQK commented 9 years ago

why look in the past, we can just open the news and look at the Syrian people get killed have their home demolished on them, hundreds years from now how they will look back to our history
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+13 3. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

#2 One does not exclude the other :)
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+3 4. sux2bu commented 9 years ago

She never says if her father,who was a POW,survived the war and if she ever saw him again.
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+12 5. kirkelicious commented 9 years ago

#5 her father, the journalist and author Robert Christophe (1907-1983), was a prisoner of war and, even though he was jewish, was under the protection of the Genever Convention, which the Nazis, oddly enough, adhered to in general. The fact that her father was a POW even granted her family the "privilege" to go to the camp Bergen-Belsen, where prisoners were held for exchange-deals, and not to an extermination-camp. The family was able to maintain contact by mail most of the time and was reunited after the war ended.

I am impressed that there are still survivors of the holocaust left to tell the story and that some of them will be around for at least a decade. Some of them, like Francine Christophe don't even appear to be that old.
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+7 6. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

#5 It's nice you looked up more information on this. Glad to hear this story had such a good ending, the family reunited after the war, not necessarily a very common occurrence then.
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+5 7. sux2bu commented 9 years ago

#5 Thanks , that is good to know.
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+1 8. cameramaster commented 9 years ago

Just one of so many incredible stories. One of the other ones I remember ( having seen it on a tv programme here in the UK "That's life" presented by Esther Rantzen). It was about Sir Nicholas Winton who managed to save a pretty large number of children by having them sent to the UK.

Here's two links that you might like to watch...have the tissues handy when you do.

Thats life:- ( 1988 )

60 Minutes :-

There are other videos on Youtube as well...worth watching.
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+2 10. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

#8 and #9 Another amazing story of a kind how he was brought together with many of those children whose life he had saved.
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-4 12. Bulwinkle commented 9 years ago

he never wailed, that's when he was born, we took him back to France, references she made about the baby but was given chocolate from a lady?
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+1 13. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

#12 Listen to the video again, dear :) ...