Au Revoir, Les Enfants is set in war-torn France during the 1940s. Although some scenes take place in various parts of France (the train station in Paris, the woods near the school, and the restaurant) the main setting of Au Revoir, Les Enfants is St. John of the Cross, a French Roman Catholic boarding school located near Fontainebleau. St. John of the Cross was a temporary safe haven for a few young Jews who were in hiding from the Nazis during the Holocaust. The school was run by Father Jean who was illegally hiding the boys by changing their names and lying about their religious backgrounds. The school served as a sense of hope and friendship, even though the three Jewish boys are eventually captured and taken away to Auschwitz.