HEROIC: Marcel Marceau’s greatest performance was to use skills to save Jewish children from the Nazis | Daily Mail Online

Marcel Marceau personally smuggled at least 70 youngsters out of France and across the Alps to Switzerland, rescuing them from almost certain slaughter in the concentration camps.

Source: Marcel Marceau’s greatest performance was to use skills to save Jewish children from the Nazis | Daily Mail Online

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Marcel Marceau, left, personally smuggled at least 70 youngsters out of France and across the Alps to Switzerland, rescuing them from almost certain slaughter in the concentration camps. After the war, he rarely discussed his role in the Resistance, top right. Now, 13 years after the actor’s death, the extraordinary untold story of how he used mime to defy Hitler’s stormtroopers has been turned into a Hollywood film, starring Jesse Eisenberg as Marceau, bottom right. He was born in 1923, the son of a kosher butcher from Poland and his Ukrainian wife Anne, who fled West to escape anti-Semitism before World War I and settled in Strasbourg, on the French-German border. In May 1940, as the Germans rushed West to occupy the Netherlands and Belgium in a matter of days, the family fled to Limoges in central France, hoping Hitler’s forces would not reach them. They had just two hours to pack their bags

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I didn’t know that.

Takes a lot of chutzpah to take that risk!

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