Soon a film about a Jewish child hidden by a family from Saint

In June 2014, Marion Deichmann came to Saint-Hilaire for a signing session for her autobiographical book. ©La Gazette de la Manche Archives

Will there be a film about children jews hidden away Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouet during the Second World War ? The answer is yes. The municipality has confirmed that a feature film on a Jewish German child hidden in the municipality is in preparation.

An American project

This film project was commissioned by an American museum. It will focus on the story of Marion Deichmann. Of Jewish faith, it was hidden during the Second World War by the Parigny family of Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët.

At the end of August, we met the team who came to do some location scouting in Saint-Hilaire.

Jean-Luc Garnier, deputy mayor in charge of culture

“They notably came to our establishment, the Immaculate Conception. We found notebooks in a safe containing the names of the students. We sent our registers to the town hall, ”explains the director, Marie-Bernard Boudant.

A departure for Luxembourg

Born in 1932 in Karlsruhe (Germany), Marion Deichmann is the daughter of Kurt Deichmann, employed in a woolen import firm, and Alice Aron.

In 1933, the anti-Semitic persecutions began. Kurt stays a few months in Karlsruhe. Unable to find work, he moved in the spring of 1934 with his family to Remich in Luxembourg. In October 1938, Kurt left Luxembourg, passed through Belgium, and on January 26, 1939, he embarked with his parents for Rio de Janeiro to join an older brother Éric. Alice, not measuring the danger, refuses to leave.

Two years in Paris

After Kurt leaves, they go to Luxembourg City. In March 1940, a letter from the Luxembourg services told her that her visa had not been renewed and that she had to leave the country with her daughter. After some adventures, they arrive at Uncle Paul’s in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. They settled in a studio in the 3rd arrondissement where they lived until July 1942.

The year 1940-1941 is a year of adaptation. Marion speaks very little French. She is enrolled in primary school. His mother and grandmother are isolated. On the morning of July 16, 1942, two police officers come to arrest Alice. She was taken to Drancy and deported to Auschwitz on July 29, 1942, from where she never returned.

Marion and her grandmother are left alone. On July 16, a German Jew urged them to leave. The grandmother will remain hidden with an Alsatian lady, in Vanves.

A trip to the English Channel

Distraught, Marion goes from placement to placement. During the winter of 1943, after a trip with an escort, she was entrusted to the Parigny family in Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët. François and Angèle Parigny own a bar-tabac and live with their children Michel, Daniel and Claudine.

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Marion will be treated as a child of the family. She goes with Claudine to a Catholic school, L’Immaculée Conception and lives without being hidden. Marion is baptized and makes her first communion. There are many Germans in the area and a room in the house will be requisitioned for a German soldier.

A few days before the landing, François and Angèle Parigny are warned of Allied bombardments. François takes refuge with his family and Marion in his brother’s farm, in Vérolay, a farm near Saint-Brice-de-Landelles.

The harvests and life in the countryside will leave him with good memories. On June 14, 1944, the city was bombed and 80% destroyed. The Parigny house is destroyed. At the end of the summer, all return to live in barracks.

Reunion with an uncle

At the end of 1944, Uncle Paul finds her trace and comes to bring her back to Paris. Marion will return on vacation to François and Angèle Parigny in 1945 and 1946.

In September 1947, they manage to emigrate to the United States. Marion returned to Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët in 1953 and 1955. She kept in touch with her rescuers until 1973, the year of the death of her grandmother and François Parigny. Marion had joined the World Health Organization in Geneva.

When she retired, she moved to France and wrote a book about her life. When his book I would like his name to appear everywhere was published, the bond of friendship was rekindled with Claudine and Daniel Parigny, the only survivors of this family. The latter especially honors the memory of his mother.

In 2015, the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations to François and Angèle Parigny. His last visit dates back to 2014.

For the moment, neither the shooting dates nor the release date of the feature film have been revealed.

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Soon a film about a Jewish child hidden by a family from Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët