Gaudiopolis, the Republic of children 1945, la République des enfants perdus
|Running Time||52 MIN|
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During the siege of Budapest in World War II, a Lutheran Minister named Gabor Szhetlo embarked on a mission to rescue the city’s Jewish children. Working with the International Red Cross, he established an orphanage that would become the basis of a children’s republic named Gaudiopolis (City of Joy), founded on democratic principles, and with its own parliament, constitution and newspaper. Though this remarkable experiment was terminated by the communist regime of post-war Hungary, its legacy lives on through the survivors and this uplifting documentary by Frédéric Tonolli.