Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet BishopPost a Comment. Also published as The secret cave Scholastic, The cave is shown on one version of the cover:. The reason it is there seems to be to draw a parallel with the plight of the Jewish children in the war; also it plays a part towards the end, when it looks like the 4-year-old brother is going to spill the beans. The story is based on real life events in France during the Nazi occupation. It was adapted for a movie, " Miracle at Moreau. There are a number of teaching units online, for example here and here.
Twenty and Ten
Dictatorship versus Democracy. This story takes place at a refuge in France. At the time, Germany had taken over France and were destroying the Jews. In order to save the lives of ten Jewish children, Sister Gabriel and her twenty students put their own lives at stake. When the Jewish children came, the twenty students promised that they would never betray the children, "no matter what the Nazis do. However, it wasn't until the Nazis came that their friendship was truly tested. By accident, the children had found a hidden cave behind a large boulder next to the school.
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Thank you! Twenty French children and ten Jewish refugee children people an ironical and breathtaking story laid in occupied France of The French children are harbored safely in a mountain school run by nuns.
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In the film, three Jewish children fleeing the Nazis take refuge in a French convent. The children arrive while the school is putting on a Nativity pageant , and in a quick act of thinking, Sister Gabrielle pretends the three children are her students. The Jewish children remain in the school for some time while the Nazis that are patrolling the area, led by an SS Major Robert Joy , hunt for them in the forests surrounding the convent. Sister Gabrielle takes great lengths to keep the children's identities a secret, but the major is suspicious and continues to believe that they are likely hiding in the school. Meanwhile, the three children have to cope with negative attitudes towards Jews from Catholic students at the boarding school.