Directed by: Marisa Scheinfeld (5m, USA)
I began this project as an attempt to address the gripping and powerful effect the subject of the Holocaust has had upon on me. Aware from an early age about its tremendous scope, I found myself seeking out as much information I could find on the subject: particularly in the form of photographs. Each time I read about or saw an image from the era, I felt more engrossed and bewildered. At present these feelings still remain. While each distinct story of survival is both incredible and unimaginable, the persons in this film pass on a collective narrative that remains as a testimony to the chaos and devastation experienced by millions of people during the Second World War. For virtually victims of Nazi persecution, their early development was infiltrated with prejudice, war and barbarism. Now in the later stages of life, their stories of survival are buried deep in their eyes and ears, somewhere in between their memories and their hearts. It is my hope that the series and film I have created will generate consciousness and confirm the capabilities of hatred and the severity of war - which is still going on, right now.