INDEPENDENT LENS Unravels Courage and Friendship Forged Between Women of the French Resistance

April 29, 2003

ITVS and PBS present Maia Wechsler’s SISTERS IN RESISTANCE and companion Web site at SISTERS IN RESISTANCE chronicles the heroism and lifelong friendships of four young non-Jewish women who were imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II for their resistance to the Nazi occupation of France. SISTERS IN RESISTANCE airs on INDEPENDENT LENS April 29, 2003 at 10:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

Web site highlights include:

Their Stories

Follow the lives of the four brave women highlighted in the program from just before the war until liberation. See how the timeline of world events affected their personal lives. Go deeper into the fascinating stories of French Resistance heroes Geneviève de Gaulle Anthonioz, Jacqueline Pery d’Alincourt, Anise Postel-Vinay and Germaine Tillion, in this untold story of the Holocaust.

The Film

Meet the women who risked their lives to fight Nazi oppression and brutality in occupied France. The women speak about what compelled them to resist, their roles in the Resistance, their arrests, deportation and liberation.

Filmmaker Q & A

Filmmaker Maia Wechsler discusses how she chose the Resistance fighters profiled in the film, their reactions to the program and the work that the “sisters” are doing today.

Learn More

Get links to Web sites and books on World War II and its heroines, the Holocaust and the French Resistance.


What do the women in the film teach us about surviving under the most dire circumstances? Get involved the discussion of this topic and add your thoughts on the program.


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