The true story of a group of women who managed to escape from the death march in 1945

A film by Jetske Spanjer & Ange Wieberdink

At the end of the Second World War, in 1945, the Dutch Lon Verstijnen and the French Christine Bénedite were imprisoned in the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. The Allies were advancing and the Nazis decided to ‘empty’ the camps. They forced the prisoners to embark on what has become known as the death march.

Lon and Christine managed to escape together with seven other women. As a group of nine they crossed hostile Germany in less than a week. All nine reached the advancing American troops. Their diaries have been used in this film. Lon and Christine and now over 90, yet they will never forget that journey. They have never seen each other since.


Subtitled in Dutch, English, French, German or Chinese.


This film includes archive footage shot in 1945.

This film has been made with financial support from
The Netherlands Ministry of culture
Thuiskopiefonds MediaFonds









a co-production of  Wieberdink Producties en Armadillo Film, 2010



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