It never ceases to be chilling

During World War II, when hundreds of thousands of Jews were confined to a 3.5 square mile section of Warsaw, Poland, and made to live like animals, the Nazis decided to produce a propaganda film about the ghetto. Downtrodden, persecuted Jews were recruited to be the actors and ordered to dress up, pretend they were dining in fine restaurants, living in luxurious apartments and buying meat to feed their families. In reality, two, three and four families were living in one apartment, the plumbing was broken and most Jews were starving to death.

The pretend Warsaw Ghetto
The real Warsaw Ghetto

The raw film, discovered after the war in an East German archive, became the centerpiece of a horrifying 2010 documentary, called A Film Unfinished. The 90-minute movie is riveting, start to finish. In it, we meet two FOF women who lived through the ghetto. One of them, a young teen in 1942, remembers stumbling on the street and falling on top of a corpse, one of thousands laying on the streets. “When I looked into the eyes of the dead man, it was as if I was staring into the eyes of all the dead people I had avoided until then,” she recalled.

“We had became indifferent to the suffering of others,” she explained.

“I cried and cried to my mother when I returned home. She gave me a slice of bread and jam. It was a slice of comfort.”

It is heartwrenching to see the suffering and sacrifices of those parents and their children. People around the world continue to suffer at the hands of others. Man’s inhumanity to man frightens me.

4 Responses to “It never ceases to be chilling”

  1. RED says:

    I agree; thank you for bringing this film to our attention. It sounds like one that would be very difficult to watch. Sometimes if you make a request to your local library, they will acquire it if it becomes available in DVD.

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    • Geri says:

      Hi Red,

      You are welcome.

      G

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  2. DawnMarie Helin says:

    Geri-thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. I’m sad to see how difficult it may be to see a copy. When I took my children to the Holocost Museum in DC, they were completely stunned! This would be a wonderful follow up to that visit, since I think the generations are getting a bit de-sensitized to this horrible time in our history. I’ll be looking for a showing, especially as survivors are becoming scarce…thank you.

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    • Geri says:

      Hi DawnMarie,

      De-sensitized is a good word. I agree. I had a conversation with a thirty something the other day
      who told me she’s tired of hearing about the Holocaust.

      G

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