New Series ‘A Small Light’ to Tell Queer Side of Anti-Nazi Resistance

A Small Light

‘A Small Light’, an ongoing series by Disney+ which retells Anne Frank’s story, will highlight the LGBTQ+ side of the anti-Nazi movement.

The eight-episode mini-series focuses on Secretary Miep Gies who helps her Jewish employer, Otto Frank — Anne Frank’s father — and other refugees during World War II. But more than that, ‘A Small Light’ also highlights the often untold stories of those involved in the resistance, including queer resistance. This includes the ones in Amsterdam’s homosexual bar Café ‘t Mandje and the life of Dutch artist Willem Arondeus who himself bombed Amsterdam’s public records to prevent it from getting into the hands of Nazi German officials.

In an interview with Digital Spy, show creators Susanna Fogel, Tony Phelan, and Joan Rater said that they wanted to bring other stories to the foreground because there were other people doing Resistance work. “We wanted to talk about a lot of different people doing that kind of work,” Rater said. He described how in Cafe ’t Mandje, in Amsterdam, the owner would “turn on the owl light to warn people not to come in because Nazis were in.” It should be remembered that aside from Jews, homosexuals were also one of the groups heavily persecuted by the Nazi regime.

They also said that with the ongoing hate towards gay and trans people, they want to show that these are not new things. “One of our responsibilities as storytellers is to say: This is not a new thing. This has always been there. It has always been a part of pretty much everyone’s family. It just wasn’t talked about as much,” Phelan added.

‘A Small Light’ is currently streaming on Disney+.

 

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