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Slawomir Grünberg, Producer/Director
Hidden Heritage: A Jewish Awakening in Krakow is a feature documentary (in development) by the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Slawomir Grünberg, about the remarkable revival of Jewish life in Krakow, Poland, seen through the eyes of Polish citizens who, against all odds, are re-discovering their connections to Judaism after the Holocaust and the years of Communism in Poland.
If you have been to Krakow in recent years, you are probably already aware of it.
There is a remarkable rediscovery of previously hidden Jewish heritage happening in the city of Krakow, located 40 miles from Auschwitz.
Less than 6,000 Jews in Krakow were estimated to have survived the Holocaust. Of those, many left Poland and moved to the United States and Israel. In 1968, under Communist rule, half of Poland’s entire remaining Jewish population were stripped of citizenship and forced out of the country. For those who stayed, surviving Jewish children were often raised Catholic or not informed of their families’ Jewish heritage.
Today, the stories of Jewish revival are more prevalent than ever before.
In 2002, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited Krakow and learned of the need for a gathering place for members of the Krakow Jewish community. On his return to London, Prince Charles met with World Jewish Relief (WJR), a London-based charity. With his support and patronage, The Prince of Wales Jewish Community Centre (JCC) of Krakow opened in 2008. “I think it’s really miraculous what’s going on in Krakow,” says Jonathan Ornstein, who has been the executive director of the JCC Krakow since it opened. “Young people are finding out that they have Jewish roots that their families hid during the Communist era that followed World War II...”
According to Ornstein, “Our primary purpose is to welcome people with Jewish roots back into the Jewish world.” This includes the woman Ornstein met in Krakow and recently married. In 2017, the JCC Krakow opened the first pluralistic Jewish nursery and pre-school for 10 children, another major milestone.
Chuck Fishman has been documenting Jewish life in Poland since 1975.
“I support this film and I hope you do too. It’s important and it’s incredible that it has not been done yet. Please support it, now it's the time” Chuck Fishman
The world's biggest Jewish Culture Festival also takes place in Krakow at the end of June.
Started by a non-Jew, Janusz Makuch, the Jewish Culture Festival for the last 29 years has welcomed over 30,000 people, offering around 300 events each year.
In addition, the sixth edition of the Ride For The Living bicycle ride, a symbolic ride from the site of the Auschwitz Nazi German death camp to the JCC Krakow, takes place the same week. In 2018, the Ride grew to over 200 participants, including three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond and two Holocaust survivors.
The Jewish Culture Festival, the Ride for the Living and the JCC Krakow are the backdrop of the film’s story.
Hidden Heritage: A Jewish Awakening in Krakow is a documentary of many different personal journeys, focusing on the revitalization, rebirth and revival of Jewish life in Krakow and its environs. This character-driven film will center on people who have re-discovered their Jewishness.
This documentary will tell the story of Jewish roots recovered, and of non-Jewish Poles committed to cultivating Poland’s Jewish past and future.
The search for one’s personal identity is universal. In this film, young people discover what their parents may not have been able to share with them either as a result of the horrors of the Holocaust or the restrictions of Communist rule in Poland: they are Jewish, and they have a rich heritage to learn about and enjoy. It is this emotional story that our film will tell.
What does it mean to be Jewish in the Poland of today?
The film will also deal with the more challenging environment for Jews in the Poland of today. Since the current government took power in 2015, there are two very distinct trends in Poland: either people are flaunting their Jewishness or once again hiding it. We will try to examine all sides of what it means to be Jewish in the Poland of today and going forward, including the likelihood of the revival continuing in light of the current circumstances.
This feature length documentary, which is in the pre-production stage, is planned to be released in the Spring of 2021.
Meet some of the characters from our documentary.
ADVISORY BOARD (in formation)
Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute, former Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
David Goldman, Esq., Founder and Chair, FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics)
Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University
Dr. Annette Insdorf, Columbia University Film Professor and Author
Dr. David G. Marwell, Director Emeritus, Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Dr. Joanna Michlic, Honorary Senior Research Associate, University College London, Institute for Advanced Studies, Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Dr. Antony Polonsky, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University
Andrzej Rojek, Chairman, Jan Karski Educational Foundation
Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland
Dr. Nancy Sinkoff, Academic Director, the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Aviva Weintraub, Associate Curator and Director New York Jewish Film Festival at the Jewish Museum
Slawomir Grünberg, Producer/Director, is an Emmy Award Winning documentary producer, director, cameraman, and editor born in Lublin, Poland to a family with Jewish roots. He is a graduate of the Polish Film School in Lodz, where he studied cinematography and directing. He emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1981, and has since directed and produced over 45 documentaries. His independent works focus on critical social, environmental and political issues and have won him international recognition. Slawomir’s films have received the Cine Golden Eagle Award and many Grand Prix, Best Documentary and Audience Awards.
LOGTV, LTD, Production Company, is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity organization, founded in 1999 by documentary filmmaker, Slawomir Grünberg, to research, distribute, and produce educational documentary films and educational programming with a special emphasis on themes connected to Jewish life, identity, history as well as the Holocaust.
Judith B. Bass, Executive Producer, is an experienced entertainment lawyer and business affairs executive who represents documentary filmmakers, producers, talent, writers, artists and others in the creative community. While traveling to Poland in 2017 and visiting the JCC of Krakow, Judy became committed to the importance of telling the story of the revival of Jewish life in Poland.
HOW WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTION HELP?
With the funds raised through this campaign, we will be able to move forward with the development of the Film with the goal of releasing Hidden Heritage: A Jewish Awakening in Krakow in 2021.
THE FUNDS WILL GO TOWARDS:
1. Initial shooting of interviews on location in Krakow
2. Camera crew & camera and sound equipment rental
3. Editing the film's trailer and other film footage
4. Travel expenses
5. Kickstarter.com processing fee.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
Kickstarter is an increasingly popular way to fund creative projects. The campaign is designed so that we must reach our goal of $35,000 - otherwise your pledge will not go through and no money comes our way. In other words, you will only be charged if the goal is met and we will only receive the funds once all of the donations reach the desired amount. You will be able to monitor the process of raising funds and we will contact you as soon as the goal of $35,000 is reached in order to make sure you receive the rewards as promised. We have only thirty days - please, help us reach our goal in time!
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CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
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Risks and challenges
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