Watch films incorporating themes related to the rescue of Jews during the Holocaust; our Museum will be happy to provide you with information on both Polish and foreign films on this subject, including both documentaries and feature films. Each item pertaining to a specific film includes a brief description and a plot summary.

  • Ocalałe w pamięci, Zbigniew Raplewski, Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych , Poland, Documentary film, 54 min.

    This film was created as a response to Claude Lanzmann’s film “Shoah”, which accused Poles of being complicit in the Holocaust. In attempting to prove the fallacies of the picture painted by Lanzmann’s film, Raplewski utilizes a large amount of archival material and statements by Poles who, during the War, helped Jews and also reports from the  Jews who were the recipients of that help.  

  • Ocaleni, Joanna Król, Karolina Dzięciołowska, 2013, Poland, Documentary film

    Polish Holocaust survivors are the central figures of this film. They tell the dramatic story of their wartime experiences which is a testimony to human greatness, dedication and immense goodness. But it is also a testimony the dormant baseness and evil within humanity. This film was produced by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

  • Ocalone, Jadwiga Wolska, Multimedia Bank (dla Programu 2 TVP), Poland, Documentary film, 42 min.

    The film’s two central characters, Edith Zierer and Hana Mandelberger, are Holocaust survivors living in Israel. They never had the opportunity to meet previously, but they share a common destiny. Both met Karol Wojtyła during the War – Hanka met him as a courier taking a package to Kraków, while he saved Edith when she was close to dying from cold in January 1945. Both remember those meetings and wanted to see him when he became Pope. Their wish came true. 

  • Oczami dziecka – Felicja z Poznania, Marek Hendrykowski, 2012, Poland, Documentary film, 50 min

    As a five-year-old child, Felicja Bryn, a Poznań Jew, was rescued from the Warsaw ghetto. On the “Aryan side”, she was cared for by the Srok family in Gowarzew near Poznań. In 1956, Felicja Bryn emigrated to Israel. She has lived in the United States since 1960.

  • Odwiedziny, Maria Nockowska, Studio Filmowe Autograf (dla Programu 1 TVP), Poland, Documentary film, 24 min.

    A group of American youth visit Irena Sendler. They came to perform “Life in a Jar”, a play thanks to which the world learned of the 2,500 Jewish children saved by Sendler.

  • Opowieść o Żegocie, Zofia Kunert, 2015, Poland, Documentary film, 48 min

    A documentary featuring individuals rescued by the “Żegota” Council to Aid Jews. They include Prof. Michał Głowiński, Prof. Marian Apfelbaum, Elżbieta Ficowska and Katarzyna Meloch. The film also contains part of Irena Sendler’s story.

  • Ostatnia generacja, Zbigniew Iwaszuk, 2011, Poland, Documentary film, 40 min

    Sisters Eugenia and Dorota Dombek, together with the schoolmate Mala Forst, talk about their 1939-1945 experiences. We learn about the residents of Żabno, near Tarnów, and about how the girls escape death and spend three years in hiding. Now, the sisters return to Żabno, recall their pre-War years and meet with local high school students.

  • Ostatni kantor, Maja Wójcik, Centralna Wytwórnia Programów i Filmów Telewizyjnych Poltel (Warszawa), Polska, dokumentalny
  • Ostatni świadek, Michał Nekanda-Trepka, Studio Filmowe Everest (dla Programu 2 TVP), Poland, Documentary film, 51 min.

    This documentary tells the story of Samuel Willenberg. He took part in the Treblinka rebellion, escaping on 2nd August 1943 together with four hundred other prisoners. Years later, Willenberg follows his escape route, recalling the help he received from residents of the surrounding villages. With the money he received, he travelled to Warsaw in search of his father.