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.
- Sprawiedliwy, Michał Szczerbic, 2015, Poland, War film, 95 min
This is Michał Szczerbic’s debut as a director. It is the story of six-year-old Hania, a Jewish girl who, during the Holocaust, was taken in by a Polish couple. Despite the dangers, Anastazja and Jan find new hiding-places for the child. A key role in her survival is played by Pajtek, considered locally as a weirdo. He becomes the girl’s closest friend. In her most difficult moments, he manages to distract her from the cruelty of the War which surrounds her.
- Tragarz puchu, Janusz Kijowski, Molecule (Francja), CCC-Filmkunst Gmbh Berlin Zachodni, Poland, France, Germany, War film, 111 min
This is a remake of an earlier telemovie. A Polish woman hides a Jewish couple from a ghetto. The man does not reveal that the woman accompanying him is actually his wife. After some time, the man grows mutually closer to the Polish woman, which awakens a growing hatred within his wife.
- Tragarz puchu, Stefan Szlachtycz, Centralna Wytwórnia Programów i Filmów Telewizyjnych Poltel, Poland, War film, 86 min.
A made-for-television film about help extended by a young Polish woman, Jadwiga, to Dalek and his supposed sister (in fact, his wife Fryda) who had escaped from a ghetto. The three share Jadwiga’s apartment. When the pregnant Fryda realises that her husband will not reveal the truth about their relationship, she informs Jadwiga and then returns to the ghetto. Dalek goes after her.
- Trzecia Część Nocy, Andrzej Żuławski, 1971, Polska, dramat wojenny, 105 min
- W ciemności, Agnieszka Holland, 2011, Poland, War film, 145 min
This is the story of a group of Jews in hiding – escapees from the Lwów ghetto. Led by sewerage worker and petty thief, Leopold Socha, they hide in the city’s sewers which Socha knows like the back of his hand. Initially, the sewerage worker takes money for helping the refugees, thereby exploiting their situation, However, over time, he begins to feel a genuine desire to save them and a strong bond develops between him and those in hiding. Despite the risk of death, Socha then helps the Jews selflessly.
- W cieniu nienawiści, Wojciech Żółtowski, Studio Filmowe (d. Zespół Filmowy) Profil, Telewizja Polska, Poland, War film, 111 min.
Zofia, a young mother, questions the sense of heroic underground resistance. However, she agrees to a request by a Jewish mother, Róża Korngld, to hide her daughter for a few days in her apartment. She refuses to accept any payment for hiding the little girl. In the meantime, an uprising breaks out in the ghetto and the girl’s true identity ceases to be a secret amongst the neighbours. Zofia then undertakes a dangerous attempt to move the girl to a convent in Chotomów.
- Wedle wyroków twoich..., Jerzy Hoffman, Studio filmowe (d. Zespół Filmowy) Zodiak, CCC-Filmkunst Gmbh Berlin Zachodni, West Germany, Poland, War film, 98 min.
The dramatic story of Ruth, a Jewish girl, who repeatedly avoided death thanks to a happy coincidence of circumstances and through the help provided by Poles and by her aunt, who was pretending to be a German woman.
- Wielki tydzień, Andrzej Wajda, Heritage Films, Poland, Drama film, 93 min.
This is a film adaption of Jerzy Andrzejewski’s novel of the same name. Irena Lilien is the pre-War girlfriend of Jan Malecki. Following their accidental meeting, he must decide whether to save the young woman. The film presents the varying attitudes of Poles towards the Holocaust and the burden of deciding whether or not to extend help. After being discovered by neighbours, Irena enters the ghetto in the midst of the uprising.
- Wiosna 1941, Uri Barbash, 2008, Israel, Poland, UK, War film, 96 min
This is the story of Clara Planck, a well-known cellist, who was the only one of her family to survive the Holocaust. Years later, she returns to Poland to perform a concert. When she enters the concert hall, her memories are immediately revived – of the invasion by the Germans, of how she, her husband and their two daughters flee to the nearest village where they are provided with shelter by Emilia, a Polish peasant.