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Véra Belmont: A Jewish Piaf Who Grew Up to be a Filmmaker

On April 27, at New York’s French Institute/Alliance Française, the noted French Jewish film director and producer Véra Belmont will introduce one of her films as the culmination of a three-week festival in her honor, running from April 6 to 27.

At 77, Belmont has just published with Les Éditions Stock in Paris a touching memoir, “L’hirondelle du faubourg” (“A Swallow from the Outskirts of Town”).

Born to a couple of humble tailors, Bronka Rotenstein and Hershel Gutenberg, in Paris’s working class 19th arrondissement, Belmont survived the war in hiding, while many of her friends and family members perished in concentration camps. Harrowing wartime experiences made Belmont into a delinquent street kid in postwar Paris, a kind of Jewish Édith Piaf.

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Véra Belmont: A Jewish Piaf Who Grew Up to be a Filmmaker

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