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.
- Dzieci Holocaustu, Małgorzata Imielska, 2013, Poland, Documentary film, 40 min
This is the story of people who, through their own Holocaust experiences, try to use them as a lesson for the contemporary world. Those featured in the film are the founders of the “Children of the Holocaust” Association in Poland. When the War broke out, they were aged less than thirteen. Many of them were born either in a ghetto or in a concentration camp.
- Dziedzictwo Jedwabnego, Sławomir Grunberg, LogTV, 2005, Poland, Documentary film, 72 min
This film tells of the history of the pogrom of the Jews in Jedwabne in 1941 and of the controversy surrounding this event. We meet people, in Poland, the United States and Argentina, who were rescued from the pogrom. We also meet the Poles who saved and helped them.
- Dzięki niemu żyjemy, Marek Drążewski, 2008, Poland, Documentary film, 46 min
This film tells the story of Wilhelm Hosenfeld, a Wehrmacht officer who, during the War, contributed to saving the lives of both Jews and Poles. He died in 1952 in a Soviet camp near Stalingrad. An attempt to rescue him from that camp was unsuccessful. He was posthumously awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, as well as being honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations.
- Four Stories of Hiding and Rescue: Children`s Testimonies of the Holocaust, Dom Bojowników Getta, Israel, Documentary film, 30 min
Four people, who survived as children, tell their stories of survival. They include one who hid with a Polish family, while another was hidden in a convent.
- ... gdzie mój starszy syn Kain?, Agnieszka Arnold, Telewizja Polska - I Program, 1999, Poland, Documentary film, 52 min
Today, Ariel Chazan lives in Israel. As a young boy, he, his parents and brothers found refuge with the Biały family in the village of Zawisty. In the summer, they moved from the home to the grain fields. One day, his mother and her oldest son went to the village for food. Ariel ran along with them. He was grabbed by a shepherd and, for fun, tied to a horse. The boy managed to free himself and hid amongst sheaves of wheat. From that spot, he watched the death of his mother and then of his brother, both shot by some people wanting the supplies they were carrying. Ariel had already lost his father. Following the death of his mother, he and his other brother returned to the Biały family. Sixteen people were in hiding there. Ultimately, only those two survived.
Years later, Ariel located Jadwiga Siekieko, daughter of his rescuers. She was living, quite modestly, in the village of Boguty-Milczki. He invited her to visit him. For Jadwiga, the journey to the Holy Land becomes the most important event of her life. The woman, now elderly, explains that her father’s decision was one based on a deep faith.
- Henryk Sławik. Polski Wallenberg, Marek Maldis, Grzegorz Łubczyk, Telewizja Polska - Agencja Filmowa (dla Programu 1 i TV Polonia), 2004, Poland, Documentary film, 50 min
“He had a street, here in Śląsk, named after him”, recalls Sławik’s daughter. Three days later, the local authorities realised that he had not come from their socialist circle of communists. So, they rapidly changed the street’s name to “Zbarska”. He had saved the lives of thousands of people. Just like Raoul Wallenberg, he paid the ultimate price for his courage and dedication. But, in contrast to the Swedish industrialist and diplomat’s mission known around the world, the activities of Henryk Sławik remain little-known, even amongst his own countrymen.
- Hidden Children, John Walker, Canada, UK, Documentary film, 50 min
This film tells the story of children hidden during the War and of their resultant identity crisis. It tells of a sixteen-year-old girl who, after the War, married the Pole who had hidden her. She had children and would attend church while, secretly, wishing to meet with her Jewish family. Another girl was raised as an anti-Semite. We also meet Jakub- a Polish priest with Jewish roots, who admits to having a dual identity.
- Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust, Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky, 2004, USA, dokument
- Ja, bezimienny, Beata Hyży-Czołpińska, 2008, Poland, Documentary film, 27 min
At the age of fifty-five, Zbyszek tries to finds his true roots by discovering his own history and regaining the name given to him by his parents. This is the story of what a fifty-five-year-old man feels when his dying mother suddenly announces that he is not her real son. He suddenly discovers that he was born into a Jewish family.
- Karuzela, Michał Nekanda-Trepka, Pol Net (dla Programu 1 TVP), Poland, Documentary film, 34 min.
This documentary is dedicated to the memory of the famous ŻOB (Jewish Fighting Organisation) liaison officer, Alina Blady-Szwajger. It tackles the issue of indifference towards the Jewish tragedy, but also recalls those who did extend help.