|Leon Blum: For All Mankind
A film by Jean Bodon
58 minutes, documentary, color, English & French w/ English subtitles, 2009
This powerful documentary tells the story of Leon Blum – a Jew who served as prime minister of France, and who was also a prisoner of the Nazis at the Buchenwald concentration camp.Blum, the first Jew to lead France, devoted his life to improving the well-being of workers and was an early champion of women’s rights. In 1936, as the head of the Popular Front, an alliance of leftwing movements, he became prime minister. In 1940, his socialist views and Jewish heritage placed him in jeopardy, and the Vichy government deported him to Buchenwald. After the war, Blum was welcomed home by the French people and was re-elected prime minister in 1946.
OFFICIAL SELECTION, 2010 New York Jewish Film Festival
"Jean Bodon brings the life and times of Leon Blum to 21st century relevance."
"Fascinating...a must see!" - Benjamin Ivry, The Forward
"This loving tribute pays homage to the man and his ideals." - Hadassah Magazine
"Fascinating and intriguing... It emblazons this crucial historical figure on viewers' minds - never again to be forgotten." - Marsha Dubrow, The DC Examiner
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