This documentary is about the first deportation of Jews to Auschwitz, which was made up entirely of young women, 297 of whom were teenagers. Clearly, very few survived and if they did they survived an unheard of 3 years in the death camps. Part of our documentary is interviewing one of those survivor's (Edita Grosman), who was 16 at the time and today 92 years old.
The other day, I had a quick Facetime chat with Edita--you can see our interview on my Update! She is vivacious, sharp and adorable. I can't WAIT to meet her in Slovakia and share her story with you and the world!
One of the most surprising things in our conversation was when she spoke about God. I am always surprised by the Holocaust survivors I have known and interviewed and the extraordinary things they tell me about love and spirituality. The message of this documentary is not simply horror--I am want to share more than history here. These are stories of healing and of hope, of love and courage, of sisterhood.
I want to share these brave young women’s stories, so they can be a beacon of light, so they can shine forever.
A few years ago a Rabbi's at Chizuk Amuno in Baltimore, Maryland, surprised me by saying that I am doing God's work. As you know sometimes we need help doing God's work though.That is what this Kickstarter Campaign is for:)
Edita says she believes this interview is why she is still alive, to tell her story in English.
Your financial support can help her dream become a reality and allow us to:We will fly to Slovakia for a one week long shoot in Slovakia on the 75th Anniversary of the First Transport;
We will film Edita at the anniversary event and visit the town of Humenne where she was deported from;
We will retrace the route of the first transport from Poprad to Auschwitz;
We will travel with children and grand children whose mothers (and grandmothers) were on the first transport and film their experience;
We will film the 75th Anniversary ceremony in Auschwitz;
If there is any money leftover we will begin to editing!
It's a lot to do but we can do it all with your help! This is a tax deductible donation.
Risks and challenges
This is our second Kickstarter Campaign.
With our last Successful Campaign, we were able to interview Daniel Vjada in France (whose mother was Dina Dranger #1522) and Lou Gross in California (whose cousin Adela was 17 when she disappeared on the First Transport).
On this trip, we are meeting Adela's cousins in Slovakia. In fact, Edita married Adela's cousin, Ladislav Grosman, who was the screenwriter for Oscar winning - Best Foreign Film 1965 "The Shop on Main Street".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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