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“The measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls.”

                                        —Michelle Obama

In the spring of 1942, 999 girls boarded a train in Slovakia to go to a work camp. None of them knew that Slovakia had sold them to the Nazi Security Police. None of them knew they would never see their families again. None knew they were going to Auschwitz.

I am Heather Dune Macadam and I am a Holocaust biographer. Ever since I wrote the book Rena’s Promise—The Story of Sisters in Auschwitz, I have been haunted by these young women who were on the First Jewish Transport to Auschwitz—who were they? Where did they come from? Why did the Final Solution target young women first?

I have spent years trying to discover who was on the first transport and with the help of survivors and historians finally discovered the actual list with all 999 girls’ names on it.

With the names unearthed, these girls’ stories are also coming to light and the surviving families are finally beginning to find answers to the mysteries around those still missing.

This film is about discovering these young women’s stories. It is story Adela Gross, from Humenne, who was 17 when she disappeared and whose surviving family still holds vigils for her.

It is the story of Edita Grosman, the Last Survivor of the First Transport, who is 95 years old. Who we will interview Edita in Slovakia on the 75th Anniversary of the first transport to Auschwitz.

This is the story of families whose mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins who survived over three years in Auschwitz. 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, a reminder to all young women that they too can shine forever.

Edita F. Grosman before Auschwitz
Edita F. Grosman before Auschwitz
Edita says she believes this interview is why she is still alive, to tell her story in English.
Edita Grosman with the Prime Minister of Slovakia
Edita Grosman with the Prime Minister of Slovakia

Your financial support can help her dream become a reality and allow us to:

  • Prior to the anniversary we will fly to Israel for 3 days to film the actual list of all 999 girls' names on it in. The list is in the archives of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem;
  • We will interview Edita in Israel;
  • Then 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.

 Thank You!

Our Journey on March 26, 2017
Our Journey on March 26, 2017

 

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".

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    Rena, #1716 in Auschwitz & author of Rena's Promise, loved to kiss people on both cheeks. You will be virtually kissed with 100 Heartfelt kisses on both cheeks. Bless you!

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    Rena loved to kiss people on both cheeks. You are a poppy kissed with 1000 Heartfelt kisses on both cheeks.

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    A digital photograph will be sent to you in an email telling you about our trip, written and signed by the author, Heather Dune Macadam.

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    You will receive a snail mail post card written and signed by the author, Heather Dune Macadam, and sent from either Slovakia or Poland – your choice.

    We will light your candle for you in Auschwitz to honor someone you wish at the 75th Anniversary ceremony.

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    Get Yourself and Your School Listed in the Movie Credits!

    Hold a fundraiser to help support this important history. You can make it part of Women's History month, or your Holocaust curriculum class.

    In addition to your credit in the film, you and your class will receive a Skype call from Heather Dune Macadam and some of the family members we are traveling with on March 27, while we are in Auschwitz (4G dependent) or we will do a Skype conversation when it works for your class.

    We will light a memorial candle for you and your school in Auschwitz to honor someone you wish at the 75th Anniversary ceremony.

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    You will be invited to view a video message from the 75th Anniversary, as we travel from Poprad, Slovakia to Oswiecim, Poland.

    A public Thank You for funding our campaign posted on the Rena's Promise Fan Page on Facebook & on Twitter.

    We will light your candle for you in Auschwitz to honor someone you wish at the 75th Anniversary ceremony.

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    You will be invited to view a video message from the 75th Anniversary, as we travel from Poprad, Slovakia to Oswiecim, Poland.

    A public Thank You for funding our campaign posted on the Rena's Promise Fan Page on Facebook & on Twitter.

    We will light your candle for you in Auschwitz to honor someone you wish at the 75th Anniversary ceremony.

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    • Tea light lit in honor of someone you wish to remember
    • A 12-hour memorial candle w/wind protection cover
    • Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz - Digital Edition
    • Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz - Signed
    • Your name in the film credits.
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    A public Thank You for funding our campaign posted on the Rena's Promise Fan Page on Facebook & on Twitter.

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