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Holocaust Survivor Edita Grosman is 92. She was on the First Jewish Transport to Auschwitz w/999 other young women.  tax deductible.
Holocaust Survivor Edita Grosman is 92. She was on the First Jewish Transport to Auschwitz w/999 other young women.  tax deductible.
Holocaust Survivor Edita Grosman is 92. She was on the First Jewish Transport to Auschwitz w/999 other young women. tax deductible.
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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 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:

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!

 

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.

    We will light a tea light for you in Auschwitz to honor someone you wish to remember at the 75th Anniversary ceremony

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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.

    We will light a tea light for you in Auschwitz to honor someone you wish to remember at the 75th Anniversary ceremony

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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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    • Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz - Digital Edition
    • Thank you on Rena's Promise Facebook & Twitter @renaspromise
    • A 12-hour memorial candle w/wind protection cover
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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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    FAMILY

    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.

    Includes:
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    PROMISE KEEPER

    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.

    Includes:
    • 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 free copy of the DVD when it is produced.
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    PROMISE PRODUCER

    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.

    Includes:
    • A 12-hour memorial candle w/wind protection cover
    • Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz - Signed
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    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.

    Includes:
    • A 12-hour memorial candle w/wind protection cover
    • Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz - Signed
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