University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Twin Cities Polish Film Fest to feature films on the Holocaust

Twin Cities Polish Film Fest to feature films on the Holocaust

Twin Cities Polish Film Fest
Presented by The Twin Cities Polish Festival and The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul
August 10-16, 2012
St. Anthony Main Theatre
115 Main Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers
August 10, 11, 14
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The true story of a group of young Polish women, some barely out of their teens, who outfoxed the Nazis during World War II to save the lives of thousands of Jewish children. For decades, Irena Sendler kept silent about her wartime work. Now, in the last long interviews she gave before she died at the age of 98, she reveals the truth about a daring conspiracy of women in occupied Poland. Irena Sendler was a 29-yearold social worker when the Nazis invaded Poland. When Warsaw's Jews were imprisoned inside a ghetto without food and medicine, she and her friends smuggled in aid and began smuggling orphaned children out - hiding them in convents, orphanages and private homes.

Harbour of Hope
August 12 & 13
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In 1945, Irene, Ewa and Joe were among the nearly 30,000 survivors that were rescued from German concentration camps and sent to the peaceful harbor town of Malmö, Sweden. Here they started a new life. Through unique archival footage, we see the 10 year-old Jewish girl Irene taking her first shaky steps in freedom. We see newborn Ewa being carried off the boat by her Polish mother. And we meet Josef "Joe" Rozenberg, who came to Malmö as a young boy after losing his family. Today Joe Rozenberg lives in Saint Louis Park. In Harbour of Hope, they tell their amazing stories from the moment of liberation to the unsolved mysteries of the present time. A film about the importance of a helping hand and an moving homage to the unsung heroism that occurred throughout the darkest chapter in Europe's history.