59 minutes, color (16mm, video)
Director: Mira Reym Binford First Prize, Jewish Video Competition; CINE Golden Eagle Award
"An impressive piece of work... an expert interweaving of diverse strands of Holocaust reality that allows us to cherish the few Jewish lives that have been saved without losing sight of the infinitely greater Jewish community that has been lost." -- Lawrence Langer, author, Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory
Thousands of Jewish children lived in the Polish city of Bendzin before the Nazi Holocaust. Barely a dozen survived the community's destruction. Through interviews and rare archival film and photos, this critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary tells the story of three of these children --- Ada, Shulamit, and the filmmaker herself, Mira. These women recount their memories of a childhood spent hiding from the Nazis and reflect on the courage of those who helped them survive. The film not only documents a tragic historical period but also examines the complexity of human nature, undermining stereotypes about the behavior of Jews, Poles, and even some Germans during the era. The film's story, for example, involves Alfred Rossner, a German businessman who, like Oskar Schindler, employed forced Jewish labor and saved Jewish lives, but who, unlike Schindler, was not a Nazi Party member and paid with his life for his actions.
Purchase: 72 USD classroom use / 36 USD home video
(available also on DVD)