As If It Were Yesterday
Comme si c'était hier

35th Anniversary

Belgium, 1980, 85 minutes, B&W
French and Flemish with English subtitles
Directed by Myriam Abramowicz & Esther Hoffenberg

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Public Exhibition Formats: Beta, 16mm, DVD

Filmmaker available for personal appearances

“In the wake of films about the Holocaust, invoking ineffable sadness in the viewer, As If It Were Yesterday is a film that shines with hope. It is an affirmation of the human spirit in the most trying of times.”
– Charles Ryweck, The Hollywood Reporter

“This film suggests the glimmer of hope to be found within horrific circumstances, and applauds the modest heroes and heroines by whose graces the filmmakers are alive today.”
– Annette Insdorf, Newsday

“What they did sprang naturally from the spirit of decent humans.”
– Richard F. Shepard, The New York Times

“An important work of art.”
– Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize Laureate

“A film about resistance to make us all proud. Filmed so directly that we provide the emotions.”
– Jay Leyda, Film History Scholar

– Jean Houston, Human Potential Movement

“An extraordinary lesson in dignity, as if it were whispered.”
– Louis Marcorelles, Le Monde (France)

“A beautiful film, rigorous and free of pathos.”
– Alfred Brochard, Le Soir (Belgium)


As If It Were Yesterday documents the little-known heroism of the Belgian Resistance who, during the Nazi occupation, hid over 4,000 Jewish children rescuing them from deportation and extermination often at the risk of their own lives. With interviews and anecdotes from those taking part in the resistance effort, a story unfolds with great understatement, complementing the modesty of these individuals who risked everything because they could not let others die.

The film inspired the creation in 1991 of The Hidden Child, a worldwide network of hidden children which for three decades has organized reunions of formally hidden children with the families who hid them in Belgium during WWII.


MENTION SPECIALE Prix Fémina Belge du Cinéma, Belgium 1980
RED RIBBON American Film Festival 1981

Selected Screenings

Festival du Film Anti-Raciste, Paris (1982)
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (1981)


Article by Nan Lefenfeld, The Hidden Child (PDF)

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