In October of 1941 first transport of Jews from Western Europe had arrived at the Radegast station at the already overcrowded ghetto in Lodz. The majority of the Polish Jews considered assimilation an apostasy, whereas the German Jews considered their attachment to an orthodox mysticism and isolation from society ignorant. They even felt an animosity against those coming from the East. And here the two groups were forced to meet.
Between that date and August 29th of 1944 Germans had sent 250 thousand Jews to death camps in Chelmno and Auschwitz. The Borys Lankosz’s documentary is a story about so-called „inteligencia”: lawyers, doctors, professors, philosophers, and writers. All were forced to relocate to the Lodz’s ghetto from Prague, Vienna, and Frankfurt where two worlds had collided: the aristocracy and intelligencia of the western Jews with the eastern Jews' working class. For the first time in modern history, two distant communities split not only by two centuries of civilization but also by an emancipation which had transformed the life of the Western Jews faced each other. With a terrifying cold the eyewitnesses to the events describe the terror of the ghetto’s every-day life where what has been left after 250 thousand people are burnt bones and unsent post cards. Using modern and old photographs, reports and authentic speeches of Chaim Rumkowski, the Lodz ghetto Judenrat leader (played by an actor), authors of the film are trying to gain an insight into a tragic reality of that time.
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50 minutes. Languages: Polish, English subtitles and in all the regions (PAL/NTSC).
Bogdan’s Journey A CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILM ABOUT MURDER AND MEMORY 70 YEARS AFTER EUROPE’S LAST POGROM – IN KIELCE, POLAND – IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PROGRAMMING FROM LOGTV FILMS
„There are people like Bogdan, also in Israel, who spent decades bringing Jews and Poles together. I am afraid the current situation has taken us 15 to 20 years back, as both in Poland and in Israel the crisis has caused reactions which will see a lot of old stereotypes resurface.”
Michal Jaskulski, Film’s Co-Director „On the site of a 1946 massacre, a Catholic Pole works to heal his home.”
The Times of Israel „The massacre started with a blood libel. That wouldn’t be unusual, except this wasn’t the Middle Ages or even Nazi Germany—it was 1946, a year after the end of World War II.”
Kielce, Poland was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom in 1946. The militia, soldiers and ordinary townspeople killed over 40 Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown
building, injuring 80 more. As news of the pogrom spread across Poland, Jews fled the country. The Kielce pogrom became a symbol of Polish post-war anti-Semitism in the Jewish world. Under communism, the pogrom was a forbidden subject in Poland, but it was never forgotten.
In a free Poland, Bogdan Białek, a Catholic Pole, journalist and psychologist, emerges to talk publicly about the issue. Over time, with great effort, he persuades the people of Kielce to confront this painful history. Beginning as a solitary figure, he confronts the deepest prejudices in his fellow citizens, and strives to reconnect Kielce with the outside Jewish community. The effort costs him dearly. “Bogdan’s Journey” was filmed in Poland, Israel and the United States for almost a decade. Its two directors, a Polish Catholic and a Jewish American, combine to tell a unique story about one man and how he redeems 70 years of bitter, contested memories–by telling the truth with love.
Blind Love recounts a trip to Poland of six blind Israelis and their guide dogs who took part in the annual March of the Living, where they visited once thriving sites of Jewish life and culture. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, the blind participants and their guide dogs marched from Auschwitz-Birkenau in memory of the victims of Nazi genocide and against prejudice, intolerance and hate. The Holocaust survivors who appear in the film are Belgian Auschwitz survivor David Shentow, and Polish born Max Glauben, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto and Majdanek. Both survivors reflect upon the dramatic contrast in the usage of dogs by those who sought to harm innocent people. and those who employ dogs in the service of others. David Shentow describes his arrival in Auschwitz at 17 years of age, recalling how the man standing next to him was attacked – and killed – by a German Shepherd upon the order of a Nazi guard, for refusing to part with a family photo. Max Glauben shares his impressions about seeing guide dogs on the March of the Living, helping – not attacking – the blind Jewish visitors walking through the former concentration camp.
This partially animated film tells the story of a member of the Polish underground who acted as a courier during World War II and part of his mission was to inform the Allied powers of Nazi crimes against the Jews of Europe in an effort to prevent the Holocaust. Jan Karski infiltrated the Warsaw Ghetto and a Nazi transit camp and carried his dreadful eye-witness report of the atrocities to Britain and the United States, hoping that it would shake the conscience of the powerful leaders or – as he would later call them – the Lords of Humanity. 2017 The Best Film RussDocFilmFest NYC „Remembering Holocaust in the XXI Century”; 2016 Lavr Award – the Russian “Oscar” in educational category, Moscow, Russia; Grand Prix in documentary category – International Historical Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland; Nomination for the Best Documentary – The Eagles Awards, the Polish „Oscar”,Warsaw, Poland; Best Polish Documentary –„Jewish Motives” at International Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland.
The film’s title Don’t cry when I’m gone comes from the popular song, performed by the Italian singer Marino Marini who visited Poland in the 60s. The lyrics were written by Wanda Sieradzka, the author of many Polish pop hits. This film is about her – a woman who survived the historical turmoil, Warsaw Ghetto and miraculously avoided annihilation by the Nazis to build a great artistic career in a postwar Poland. The story of Wanda’s extraordinary life is being told by her friends and her only son, who got back home after years of living abroad to look for the traces of his mother’s past.
Saved By Deportation is the only feature length documentary film to tell the dramatic story of Polish Jews who escaped the Holocaust through their deportation to the Soviet Union. The film recounts the 1940 deportations of Polish Jews from Soviet-occupied eastern Poland to Gulag labor settlements; life in Soviet Central Asia; and the deportees' experiences upon returning to Poland at the end of World War II and confronting the aftermath of the Holocaust. The Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Washington Jewish Film Festival.
In the small town Jedwabne in northeast Poland, Jews lived side by side with local Poles for over two centuries, but on July 10, 1941, almost the entire Jewish population of the town was murdered — not by the Nazis, but at the hands of their Christian neighbors.
The film tells the story of a Jewish school in Lodz, Poland. The school was shut down following the Communist anti-Semitic campaign, which took place in Poland in 1968. As a result of this, the Peretz School graduates are dispersed today between the US, Israel, Sweden, Poland, and other countries. The bittersweet memories of their youth in post-war Poland are what bind the Peretzniks together till this day.
The small town of Lapy was one of several train stations on the way to Treblinka. More than a dozen Jewish children are reported to have been cast from the trains in attempts to save them from death in the gas chambers of Treblinka. The last eyewitnesses to this story live in Lapy to this day and they remember the horrific times.
Grand Prix „Zahav (Gold) Award” of the 2013 Robinson International Short Film Competition, Pittsburgh .
Mayer was born in 1916 in a small shtetl: Opatow. He completed seven grades of Polish school and immigrated to Canada at age 17. After he retired over 20 years ago, his daughter Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, began urging him to tell and paint whatever he could remember of his childhood. The images yielded by his memory exceeded everyone’s expectations. Mayer’s photographic memory allowed him to recreate Jewish life in Opatow, as it was before the war.
The film presents the extraordinary life of Samuel Willenberg, a sculptor and painter who took part in the revolt of prisoners in the Treblinka death camp. 1,000 tried to flee Treblinka in August 1943 and he was one of just 67 to survive. Samuel Willenberg is the subject of another LOGTV’s documentary titled: The Last Witness
The documentary spins a tale of Samuel Willenberg’s life. He was 20 at the outbreak of the armed revolt on August 2nd of 1943 in the death camp of Treblinka in Poland. As a result of the revolt 400 out of 1000 inmates managed to escape Treblinka. 67 of them survived the war including Samuel Willenberg.
“Tell Me Why” is a documentary film about love between two people, whose youth was interrupted by perhaps the most terrifying events in human history. It is also a story about an extraordinary feeling, which may have rescued them from death, but could never outshine the horrific shadow of the Shoah.
„The Warsaw Ghetto” 1940-1943 is documentary project that features three films: “912 Days of the Warsaw Ghetto”, and the two short ones “Children in the Ghetto” and “Warsaw Ghetto Uprising”. They present the daily lives and deaths of those imprisoned in the ghetto, their hopes and efforts to survive, their armed resistance and struggle, and finally their total extermination. Unique Polish and German archival materials were used in these films.
„A Mentsh” is a movie shot entirely in the Yiddish language. It’s set in the former multinational city of Lviv, Ukraine. 75 years after the beginning of the war, Boris Dorfman takes us on an oneiric trip to all the places of horror and hope reflecting the Jewish history. The 90-year-old activist is virtually the last one in town still speaking the almost extinct language of Yiddish. Yiddish Oskar 2014 by Sholem-Alechem-Foundation, Lviv (Ukraine), for „outstanding contribution to the revival of the Yiddish culture.”
“Everyone Had Their Own Jew” shows the relationships between Poles and Jews in Suchowola seen by several Polish elders who live in Suchowola today. Suchowola — was a small shtetl located between Bialystok and Grodno. Before World War II the population of Suchowola consisted of 3,000 people out of whom 1,500 were Jews.
This film shot in Poland, Ukraine and Israel tells a story of survival of a single Jewish family in Brzezany, Ukraine. Polish and Ukrainian families saved them and as a result received titles of Righteous Gentiles. The film employs archival footage from the 1947 Yiddish film „Undzere Kinder,” where Shimon had a role as a child actor.
“Central Park” is a film, which deals with the ongoing efforts to restore Bialystok’s most ancient Jewish cemetery. Founded in 1750 it was known as the 'Cmentarz Rabinacki' (The Rabbis' Cemetery). The cemetery stood in the area, which is now occupied by Bialystok’s Central Park. It now lies beneath the park, buried and forgotten under a layer of sand and debris.
The film portrays Magda (Magdalena Grodzka-Gużkowska) who joined the Polish Underground in the fight against Nazis at age 15. She risked her life in efforts to save Jewish lives in Warsaw. Decades later, she discovered her own Jewish roots, which she had been hitherto unaware of.
A powerful account of Communist Poland’s 1968 policy, barely noticed or challenged by the rest of the world, to expel the Jews remaining from what once was the world’s largest Jewish population” Boston Globe
Survivor Stefania Siton travels back to Poland to show her daughters, where her family was hidden during the war: The Warsaw Zoo. She meets Teresa, the zookeeper’s daughter, and tours the basement she once called home.
Film portrait combining documentary, feature scenes and animation of writer painter, illustrator and graphic artist known for short story collections that bring back the magical reality of Poland’s pre-war shtetl’s.
A tribute to a talented Jewish singer whose career was destroyed by accusations that she collaborated with the Nazis. The film tries to find answers, who was Vera Gran. Was she unfairly slandered woman or a person saving her life at any cost?
This film portrays Sigmund A. Rolat, a New York – based patron of the arts, businessman and philanthropist. Born in Czestochowa, Poland and a Holocaust survivor. Today Sigmund A. Rolat is a prominent supporter and advocate of Jewish culture in Poland, a key backer of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival.