Varian Fry: The Artist's Schindler [VHS]

ISBN 13: 9780780022928

Varian Fry: The Artist's Schindler [VHS]

9780780022928: Varian Fry: The Artist's Schindler [VHS]
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In 1941, a young Harvard-educated journalist left New York with a list of around two hundred names. The names belonged to European artists and intellectuals unable to escape Nazi occupied territories. Varian Fry's mission was to aid those at risk of per

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A fascinating profile of an overlooked hero is offered in Varian Fry: The Artists' Schindler, which chronicles the short and perilous career of a young journalist enlisted to save the lives of artists and writers who faced certain death under Nazi oppression. When France fell in 1940, a number of creative people, many of whom had been denounced as "degenerate artists" in Nazi propaganda, were trapped. Young Varian Fry, who had worked in Europe as a foreign correspondent, was sent to Marseilles, France, to try to help noted artists such as Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall escape to the United States. Though Fry had the support of Eleanor Roosevelt and other influential Americans, he was operating as a private citizen and he risked death if his operations became known to the Nazi regime. As this fascinating video shows, Fry overcame immense obstacles and eventually helped about 2,000 people escape. Despite his valor, in the decades following the war Fry lived in obscurity, though the U.S. State Department and the government of Israel eventually bestowed posthumous honors upon him. The contemporaries of Fry interviewed in this documentary provide an illuminating look at his unconventional but undeniably heroic work. --Robert J. McNamara

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