Jews in the Warsaw Rising 1944 (Zydzi w powstaniu warszawskim)
Thursday, November 29, 2012 | 6:30 pm
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
This film recalls the break out of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 during which 40,000 soldiers of the Home Army, many of whom were Jewish, engaged in an open battle against Nazi Germany. After 63 days of heroic fighting, the Home Army eventually surrendered. The memory of the Warsaw Uprising has become sacred to the Polish community.
Q&A with the film’s director, Anna Ferens, follows the screening.
The visit of the filmmaker to Chicago, as well as a series of screenings of her documentaries, are sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.
WWII Polish History:
One of the last great moments in the history of the diverse Slavic Jewish nation of Poland was when Slavic and Jewish Polish men and women fought side by side in an effort to liberate Warsaw from the Nazis just before the arrival of the Soviets.
The hope was that success would place Poland in a better position to secure its independence after WWII.
The reality was that after the Nazis defeated the Poles, the Soviets captured Warsaw. Then the Soviets rounded up as many of the Polish Home Army survivors as they could and executed both Jewish and Slavic Poles if they suspected them of being potential opponents of Soviet occupation and rule by the Polish Communist Party.
Prior to the Holocaust Poland was one of the most ethnically, religiously, culturally, and linguistically diverse nations in Europe. The Nazis and the Soviets (with Allied complicity) forever destroyed that.
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and their allied Communist Parties, including the American Communist Party, suppressed the full history of WWII Poland including how Slavic and Jewish Poles served and died side by side from the first shots in 1939 through both the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943 and the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 until the end of WWII and after.
While the diverse Polish nation can never be restored, its memory should not be lost. I can’t think of a better way than showing this Polish made film at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.