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The Silenced Walls

World Affairs, Holocaust, Jewish Film, Jewish Highlights
Sabrina Van Tassel
52 minutes



At first glance, “La Muette” is a normal low-cost housing project like thousands of others in the Paris area. However, these walls obscure the concentration camp of Drancy where almost 80,000 Jews were held until most of them were sent to Auschwitz. After the war it was turned into a housing development with some of the lowest rents in the Paris suburbs. The current residents often cross the path of former internees during commemorations. They are constantly reminded of the past of the site. As if tragedy was attached to these walls.



Sabrina Van Tassel is a French-American director and a journalist living in France. As an investigative reporter for French TV, she has directed over 40 documentary films since 2004 for major television documentary programs. Simultaneously, she has been directing feature documentaries: “Married for Worse” (2004) exploring the world of two young women forced into marriage, “Shalom India: Tsahal’s Lost Soldiers” (2008) about young Israeli soldiers, recently discharged from the army, who go to India for their "big trip", and “Rivka’s Tribe” (2010) the amazing tale of six brothers and sisters surviving the Holocaust in France.

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