Director: Claire Ferguson
Country of Origin: UK-Austria- Poland-USA 2016 78 mins. (12A)
Released by Dartmouth Films
Claire Ferguson's documentary offers an intimate glance at horror, survival and courage. Survivors haunted by the pain and horrors suffered trace their journeys from pre-war times to the ghettos and the camps and the chaos of the post-war years when they build a new life for themselves. With archive and personal family footage, the survivors tell their stories from fighting with the partisans to enduring the hell of Treblinka, Mauthausen and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Included is an interview with Mietek Pemper, who helped Oskar Schindler compile his List.
A sobering and powerful look at horror, courage and survival. The horrors of the Holocaust must never be forgotten.
Director Claire Ferguson said: “I wanted to make a film where the only voices are those of the survivors themselves, to capture something of the intimacy and immediacy I felt when talking with some of them directly. The challenge was to weave those individual voices together in a way that created a wider story, one that explored not only the pain of the Holocaust itself, but the building of new lives afterwards. My overriding question was ‘How can you make a life after such pain?’”
'This film is the best response to the Nazi solution of the annihilation of the Jewish nation” - Branko Lustig, Producer, Schindler's List
“A masterful documentary” - Ron B. Meier, Executive Director of the American Society for Yad Vashem
“Powerful and moving” - Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation
“Heart breaking, Inspiring, astounding” - Claire Aguilar, Head of Programming, Sheffield Doc/Fest
"Inspiring!" - Shaya Ben Yehuda, Yad Vashem Israel