Albert Lory is a teacher at a school in German-occupied France. He is a coward, but he is drawn into the actions of the resistance. Arrested by the Germans because of an alleged murder, a German officer promises him freedom, if he is willing to collaborate against French resistance (by discontinuing his defense speech, which is arousing the citizens in court).
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In the initial scenes of the village, an advertisement for War Bonds can be seen on a wall. Although the French government sought funds from its population during the First World War (through National Defense Loans), it would not have occurred in the Second World War as France was so quickly defeated and occupied. The advertisement in this movie therefore, is more likely to be a near-subliminal appeal to the American population to purchase War Bonds to support the US effort. See more
[reading a note pushed under the front door
Citizens - do not believe in the generosity of the conquerors. If they are not driven out of our land, means generations of slavery for our people. We must resist. Let each of us say to himself, "This land is mine."
Mrs. Emma Lory
This is dangerous mother. I better burn it.
Opening credits prologue: "Somewhere in Europe"- See more
Music by Friedrich Silcher (1838)
Poem by Heinrich Heine
Played on accordion by Kent Smith
and sung by the German soldiers See more