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.
- Pamiętam, Marcel Łoziński, The Shoach Foundation, Heritage Films, Poland, USA, Documentary film, 60 min.
This film is part of the American “Broken Silence” series, based on material recorded for the Steven Spielberg Shoah Foundation. It tell the stories of four survivors who testify to both the help and the hostility which they experienced from Poles.
- Pięć moich matek, Michał Nekanda-Trepka, Telewizja Polska - I Program, Poland, Documentary film, 27 min.
The story of Tama Lavy, a child Holocaust survivor, who, years later, decided to find her saviors. She says that, including her real mother who was murdered by the Nazis, she has five mothers. Three hid her during the War and a fourth who, after the War, took her to Israel. As a child, she was left in a convent near Zomość, where she was cared for by Sister Bogumiła Makowska (later honoured by Yad Vashem). On her return, she manages to find one of the women who hid her, as well as Sister Bogumiła.
- Polscy Sprawiedliwi, Julia Popławska, TVP, 2008, Poland, Documentary film, 26 min
This film tells the story of those who hid Jews during the occupation. Józef Walaszczyk tells how twenty-one individuals were freed from prison for one kilogram of gold. Alicja Schnepf-Szczepaniak describes how an escapee was saved in a hiding-place created in a couch. Czesława Żak recalls how fourteen Jews were hidden for over two years. Ryszard Zieliński hid a Jewish family who had been smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto.
- Polska metryka Szlomo Jardena, Wojciech Barczak, 2008, Poland, Documentary film, 26 min
The central figure of this report is Shlomo Yarden. Since 1945, he has lived in Israel, on Kibbutz Degania Bet. During the War, after escaping from the Warsaw ghetto, he hid near Sochaczew using a false birth certificate as Wiesław Adamiak. Shlomo Yarden tells of his wartime experiences in Poland and of his life on an Israeli kibbutz.
- Return to Poland, Marian Marzyński, USA, Documentary film, 58 min
This film tells the story of the sixteen Polish families who aided the film’s director after he was smuggled out of a ghetto in 1942. Marzyński also meets the nun who provided him with refuge.
- Sąsiedzi, Agnieszka Arnold, Telewizja Polska - Agencja Filmowa (dla Programu 2), 2001, Poland, Documentary film, 117 min
This film tells the story of the Jedwabne pogrom. It also tells the story of Antonina Wyrzykowska, Righteous Among the Nations, who hid seven Jews. Sadly, after the War, Wyrzykowska had to move home due to being repeatedly persecuted for providing that help. The film also tells of other rescuers, including Leon Dziedzic and Stanisław Ramotowski.
- Shoah, Claude Lanzmann, France, Documentary film, 57 min
This film includes a half-hour interview with Jan Karski who was, in 1982, honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations. He describes his visit to the Warsaw ghetto and talks about his attempts to influence the policies of the Western powers by reporting on the Holocaust of the Jews to important individuals such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
- Shtetl, Marian Marzyński, USA, Documentary film, 177 min
Marian Marzyński was rescued, as a child from the Warsaw ghetto, by a Polish family. He was taken to Brańsk, a small town in the east of Poland. The film also includes a conversation with Bolesław Zapiski who, with his family, extended help to Jews.
- So Many Miracles, Katherine Smalley i Vic Sarin, Canada, Documentary film, 58 min
Well-known Canadian actor Saul Rubinek, with his parents, travels to Poland at the request of Zofia Bania. She, together with her husband Ludwik and son Mańko, had hidden his parents for twenty-eight months in the one room house. The docu-drama recreates some particularly difficult moments in Pińczów, including the overnight accommodation of German soldiers in the home where Izrael and Frania were hiding.
- Sprawiedliwi, Janusz Kidawa, Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych (Warszawa), Poland, Documentary film
A documentary containing reports for the period of the War.