In 1944 when Francine Christophe was just a child, she and her mother were deported from France to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany with other Jewish women and children. In this clip, she tells the story of her time in the concentration camp and shares an incredibly moving story of kindness and the strength of the human spirit.
This video clip is part of a larger collection of stories and images created by photographer and filmmaker Yahn Arthus-Bertrand for his documentary HUMAN, which features interviews with more than 2,000 people in 60 countries.
“From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal,” Arthus-Bertrand explains in his director’s statement.
Francine, who is now 85, is a writer and poet and still living in France where she regularly speaks with middle and high school students about her journey.
This incredibly moving story is yet another reminder that just one small act of kindness can change someone’s life.
You can check out more videos from HUMAN here.
Note: In French, bébé (baby) is a masculine word, so it was translated as he. So although the baby was in fact a girl, she was correctly referred to as le bébé and not la bébé, which doesn’t exist.