Holocaust Remembrances: Films With Personal Stories

March 30, 2022

WLIW commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day (Thursday, April 28) with a special line-up of documentary premieres on April 13, April 20 and 27. Three films feature stories of resilience, survival, hope, and healing.

They Survived Together

Two men and five women post in a color photo.

The Neiger family.

They Survived Together  is about the Neiger family, who were living a peaceful life in the Jewish community in Krakow. World War II changed their lives forever. The documentary They Survived Together  tells the story of their miraculous escape from certain death by the Nazis in the Krakow Ghetto — with four small children. Siblings Cesia, Ben, Hanka, Basia, and Tosia share firsthand accounts of their family’s journey to freedom. They are said to be one of the only families to escape and survive as an intact family. They eventually settled in New York. Watch now.

The Neiger siblings.

Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladmir Munk

Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladmir Munk (Wednesday, April 20 at 10 p.m.) explores the the life of Czech Holocaust survivor and retired U.S. professor Vladimir Munk. The film follows Munk in 2020, at age 95, as he returned to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp, one of the Nazi camps in Poland where he was held prisoner during World War II. The trip was his last chance to honor 30 of his close relatives, including his parents, who were murdered there.

We Remember: Songs of Survivors

Follow the journey of Holocaust survivors in New York’s Hudson Valley as they collaborate with local songwriters to create and perform in a live concert of inspirational songs reflecting their Holocaust experiences in We Remember: Songs of Survivors (Wednesday, April 27 at 9 p.m.). The resulting songs created during this unique six-month collaboration tell stories of unimaginable loss and incredible survival, and at the same time are filled with joy and healing, celebrating the extraordinary lives of this resilient generation and the power of the human spirit.

Artist Tibor Spitz, who was born in Slovakia, is one of the Holocaust survivors who shares his story. See clip:

Big Sonia

Big Sonia (Wednesday, April 27 at 10 p.m.) offers a poignant story of generational trauma and healing. In the last store in a defunct shopping mall in Kansas City, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski — great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor — runs the tailor shop she has owned for more than 30 years. But when she is served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. The film also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.