Hollywood comes knocking at ‘Peruvian Schindler’s’ door
Recognized as “the Peruvian Schindler,” the story of Madeleine Truel is larger than life and mostly unknown, although maybe not for long.
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Truel spent World War II in France as a bank clerk and baby sitter. Although she had no Jewish heritage, she spent the years of the war saving hundreds of lives during the military conflict.
Now a Hollywood studio, Transcendent Entertainment, plans to take her story to the big screen capturing the drama that ensued when in 1943 Truel joined the French Resistance. Her specialty was forging all kind of documentation, including safe-conducts for Jewish families to exit the country and official papers that allowed members of the Allied forces move in France with fake identities.
She’s credited with saving hundreds of lives through the forged documents she provided.
“Truel is perhaps the biggest Peruvian heroine during World War II. A deeply Catholic, Peruvian woman that didn’t hesitate to do good,” said Hugo Coya, author of “Estación Final,” a book that recounts the suffering of Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.
Coya researched Truel’s story for five years and published his book in 2010. He was then approached by film producers to take the story into the big screen.
The filming of the project is schedule for 2015. Coya asked social media followers what actress should play Madeleine, choosing French actress Audrey Tautou.
If you would like to learn more about Truel's story you can also check out a documentary directed by Luis. E. Cam.