Manchester Jewish Museum

Film screening in the Synagogue
Truus' Children



Manchester Jewish Museum


Full price £8, Concessions £7, MJM Members £7, M8 Members FREE

Join us for a film screening, where we will be showing ‘Truus’ Children’. The film tells the extraordinary story of the largely unknown Dutch resistance heroine Truus Wijsmuller (1896-1978), who managed to rescue more than 10.000 people from the hands of the Nazis in the years immediately before and during the Second World War thanks to her unprecedented perseverance, tact, and courage. Most of them were between 2 and 18 years old.

Truus Wijsmuller, the Dutch heroine

This improbable story, hidden for almost 80 years, comes to life in great detail in the documentary. Filmmakers Pamela Sturhoofd and Jessica van Tijn spent years researching for this documentary and were able to find more than 20 “Children of Truus” worldwide – all between 83 and 97 years old.

Film stills from ‘Truus’ Children’

In the documentary, the group of survivors pays tribute to this special woman who saved their lives. The strength of this woman and her message that everyone can make a difference were the biggest inspiration during the four years the filmmakers spent making the documentary. They see the film as a first step in highlighting the great role of women in the resistance during Second World War.

At the end of the film there will be a Q&A with Manchester Jewish Museum’s curator Alex Cropper and director Pamela Sturhoofd and Margaret Jacobi, a descendent of one of Truus’ children. There will also be a special screening before the film of interviews with refugee children who came to Manchester, these recordings are part of the larger Truus Children archive.

Directors: Jessica van Tijn and Pamela Sturhoofd
Writers: Jessica van Tijn and Pamela Sturhoofd
Cinematography: Freek Zonderland
Editing: Rogier van der Voort
Music: Lavinia Meijer
Animation: May Kindred Boothby
Assistant producer: Lody van de Kamp



Jessica and Pamela produce documentaries from A to Z and have been working together for more than 20 years. Their productions are characterised by a creative way of recording. Like a fly on the wall, they look into the world of their characters without interrupting the events. Currently, Pamela and Jessica travel to different places in the world to talk to audiences, often young people and students, about the main themes of the film and to see the present through the eyes of the film’s protagonists.


The film is approximately 90 minutes long. There will be a short interval before the Q&A.
There will be refreshments available to purchase prior to the screening and during the interval from the museum’s café. Please be aware that the museum galleries are not open during the evening event. Doors to the museum open at 6pm, but the event will start at 7pm.

The recommended age for this event is 14+. The film contains content regarding war and conflict.

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Please note that this event is FREE for all residents of the M8 postcode area. If you are a registered M8 Member, just login to your account and choose the M8 Member ticket when booking for the event. If you haven’t registered as an M8 Member yet you can do it in a few minutes here: Then login and choose the free M8 Member ticket.


There is step free access to the museum entrance via a ramp, a lift to the first floor, level access throughout the ground floor and accessible gender-neutral toilets. The synagogue will have seating areas for wheelchair users to enjoy the performance, please do contact the box office ahead of the event to arrange. If you have any additional access requirements please contact in advance so we can accommodate you best we can.

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