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.
- Azyl, Niki Caro, 2017, USA, Drama film, 126 min
Azyl (The Zookeeper’s Wife) is the story of Antonina and Jan Żabiński who, during World War II, hid Jews in the Warsaw Zoo. The film is based on Diane Ackerman’s book, The Zookeeper’s Wife, published in 2007. The book was based on the memoirs of Antonina Żabińska who is the film’s central character. Her role was played by Hollywood star, Jessica Chastain.
- Biały niedźwiedź, Jerzy Zarzycki, Zespół Filmowy Syrena, Poland, War film, 90 min
Jewish intellectual Henryk Fogiel escapes from a transport headed towards a concentration camp and finds refuge in Zakopane. Following the death of a young conspirator, he takes over his role, hiding in a white bear suit for tourists to photograph. A German officer, who discovers his true identity, finds in Henryk a companion for intellectual discussion, This saves Fogiel’s life, Unfortunately, as the result of a misunderstanding, the girl, with whom he has fallen in love, perishes.
- Biegnij, chłopcze, biegnij, Pepe Danquart, 2013, France, Germany, Poland, War film, 108 min
In the summer of 1942, eight-year-old Srulik is the only one of his seven-member family to escape from the Warsaw ghetto to the Kampinos Forest. The boy owes his survival to peasant families who raise him as “Jurek”, a Polish orphan. After 1945, he returns to his Jewish identity. The film is based on the story of Holocaust survivor Yoram Friedman.
- Daleko od okna, Jan Jakub Kolski, Telewizja Polska, Poland, Drama film, 112 min
This is an adaptation of Janna Krall’s “The One from Hamburg”. A young couple, Jan and Barbara, cannot have children. Brought home by Jan, Regina, a young Jewish girl, hides in a wardrobe. After a time, Regina becomes pregnant by Jan, which leads Barbara to betray the woman in hiding. The child is then taken away from her real mother who, after being liberated, leaves the country and loses any contact with her daughter.
- Długa noc, Janusz Nasfeter, Zespół Filmowy Studio, Poland, War film, 78 min
It is 1943. Korsak, a locksmith, hides a Jew in his home, concealng the fact from his neighbours. The tenement’s residents learn the truth and, out of fear, demand that Korsak and the Jew leave the building – which the ultimately do.
- Dzieci Ireny Sendlerowej, John Kent Harrison, 2009, USA, Drama film, 120 min
A film based on the book “The Mother of Holocaust Children” by Anna Mieszkowska. Irena Sendler works with the “Żegota” Council to Aid Jews, organising the saving of children from the Warsaw ghetto.
- Hidden in Silence, Colla, Richard, USA, Drama film, 89 min.
This made-for television production is based on the true story of Stefania Podgórska-Burmińska who hid thirteen Jews in Przemyśl. As a sixteen-year-old, with her sister, she moved into the Diamant family’s apartment and provided shelter to many, including Maks, whom she married after the War.
- Historia Kowalskich, Arkadiusz Gołębiowski i Maciej Pawlicki, Maciej Pawlicki, TVP, Picaresque, Poland, Documentary film, 85 min
This film tells the story of the Kowalski family of Ciepielowa near Radom who were murdered in 1942 for providing refuge to their Jewish neighbours.
- Ida, Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013, Denmark, Poland, Drama film, 79 min
Anna is an orphan, living in a convent under the care o nuns. Before taking Holy Vows, she visits her aunt Wanda and discovers the fate of her relatives – thus discovering her Jewish identity. Together, they travel to their hometown in order to finder the grave of her murdered parents. Along the way, Anna and a young musician fall in love.
- Jeszcze tylko ten las, Jan Łomnicki, Studio Filmowe Kadr, Poland, War film, 86 min.
Before the War, Kulgawcowa, who worked as a laundress at the home of a doctor, agreed to be paid to take Rutka, the daughter of her former employer, out of the ghetto. She has mixed feelings about Jews. On the one hand, she feels reluctant to get involved with them while, on the other, she feels an empathy with Rutka. When they are almost at the destination, by chance, they meet a German soldier she discovers the girl’s true identity. Kulgawcowa decides to share the girl’s fate.