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.
- Kto ratuje jedno życie..., Małgorzata Imielska, 2006, Poland, Documentary film, 20 min
This film is from the “Sprawiedliwi” (Righteous) series. Jerzy Kożmiński and his family, together with the “Żegota” Council to Aid Jews, rescued twenty-seven Jews. Some were hidden at home, others in pre-prepared hiding-places. Sometimes, their help was provided over several weeks, sometimes over several years. “During those times, we had to hide our activities from the Germans and from the neighbours”, recalls Kożmiński. There were many days when he was terribly afraid. After the War, the Kożmińsky family was honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations.
- Kto zna człowieka ukrytego w ścianie?, Bogdan Łoszewski, 2001, Poland, Documentary film, 53 min
Szewach Weiss’s grandparents lived in Borysław. Szewach was four-years-old when the War broke out. After escaping from the ghetto, his family found refuge with Anna Góral. Thanks to her help and the help of other Polish neighbours, the Weiss family survived the occupation. Szewach Weiss personally presented Jan Góral with the title of Righteous Among the Nations.
- Lisi schron, Andrzej Lelito, 2014, Poland, Documentary film, 36 min
This film tells the story of Roman Janczarski’s forester family who, during the German occupation, hid the Kołatacz family, Jewish merchants. All survived to see the end of the War. Roman Janczarski (posthumously), Genowefa Janczarska and their son Bogdan were all honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations.
- Lista Sendlerowej, Michał J. Dudziewicz, Telewizja Polska - II Program, 2002, Poland, Documentary film, 45 min
Four American teenagers discovered that, during the War, Irena Sendler rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto. They decided to create a play about this. As they were gathering information about their heroine, they realised that she was still alive. This film records the teenagers’ visit to Poland, their learning about the reality of war and of the “ordinary” heroism of Irena Sendler which, for them, had a completely extraordinary dimension.
- Łyżeczka życia, Michał Nekanda-Trepka, Digit - Film, Positive-Charge, Telewizja Polska - Agencja Produkcji Audycji Telewizyjnych (dla TV Polonia), 2004, Poland, Documentary film, 18 min
This film tells the story of Elżbieta Ficowska who, as a six-month-old infant, was rescued from the Warsaw ghetto by people working with Irena Sendler. The child was carried out of the ghetto in a box, into which was placed a silver spoon engraved with her name and her date of birth.
- Maria i Anna, Jacek Knopp, 2008, Poland, Documentary film, 27 min
This film features Maria Dworzecka. She was two-years-old when, in 1943, she left the ghetto. She was hidden by Lucyna Białowarczyk. On the graves of Lucyna and her husband, Maria erected a monument with the inscription “Whoever saves one life, saves the entire world – Marysia and her daughter Ania”.
- Messengers Without an Audience, Willy Lindwer, AVA Productions, USA, Documentary film, 52 min
This documentary contains interviews with Jan Karski, Gerhart Riegner, Jan Nowak and Władysław Bartoszewski, who were the first to tell the West about the extermination of the Jews.
- Miłość była jego siłą, Małgorzata Imielska, 2006, Poland, Documentary film, 23 min
This film is from the “Sprawiedliwi” (Righteous) series. Jerzy Bielecki was transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. There, he experienced hunger, torture and murderous labour. There he learned how bestial man can be. Around him was a hell created by people for people. However, in this place forgotten by God, he encountered a miracle, He met a woman with whom he shared a great emotion. Cyla Zacharewicz was a Jew whose entire family had been murdered in the gas chambers. She would probably perish there too. But, through their love, she and Jerzy did the impossible. There, in Auschwitz, they managed to avoid death, Jerzy Bielecki was honoured by the Yad Vashem Instutute with the title of Righteous Among the Nations.
- Młodość w czasach Zagłady, Małgorzata Imielska, Telewizja Polska - I Program Redakcja Programów Publicystycznych, Agencja Produkcji Filmowej, Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop, Poland, Documentary film, 46 min.
Jerzy Kamieniecki was one of those who spoke, almost constantly, about their experiences. He believed that he owed it to those who had been murdered, tormented and starved. Today, he is eighty-two-years-old. In this film, he recalls the most important events of his long life, especially his youth which coincided with the period of the Holocaust. He also talks about his friendship, during his youth, with Janusz Malinowski, who saved his life and also the lives of others.
- Młodziutka staruszka, Henryk Jantos, Henryk Jantos , 2008, Poland, Documentary film, 46 min
A film about the life and artistic career of Stefania Grodzieńska, the wife of Jerzy Jurandot. Together, they were in the Warsaw ghetto and, together, they were in hiding on “the Aryan side”. Compassion and suffering are central to Grodzieńska’s poems, which are dedicated to the Jewish children whom she watched die.