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'Everything Is Ordained': A Holocaust Survivor's Indefatigable Spirit

Oct 21, 2015 | 737 videos
Video by Andrew Griffin & Martin O'Neill

In 1940, Bettine Le Beau was 8 years old when she was taken to a concentration camp in France. When a stranger came into the camp in the middle of the night and said she could save 10 children, Le Beau's mother didn't hesitate to hand her over. For the remainder of the war, Le Beau lived in hiding in Switzerland, separated from the rest of her family. Last year, Andrew Griffin and Martin O'Neill collaborated to bring to life her animated memories of escape and reconciliation. "When you think you have a bad patch in your life, it's not a bad patch," Le Beau muses. "When you look back, it's the best thing that could have happened to you."

Le Beau went on to have a successful acting career, and in September of 2015, she passed away at the age of 83. This film was commissioned for the Holocaust Memorial Memory Makers Project.

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