Wilmington Jewish Film Festival to premiere Holocaust film

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival is partnering with United Jewish Appeal of Wilmington to present the North Carolina film premiere of Who Will Write Our History.

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival has been in existence for six years and has two primary goals.

“One, to bring our Jewish community together but also to educate the entire Wilmington non-Jewish community as well and to share some our culture and history with everyone,” said Wilmington Jewish Film Festival Chair Debbie Smith.

Who Will Write Our History is a Holocaust story that shows what a small group of determined activists did to preserve their culture and its history while facing almost certain death in a concentration camp during World War II.

It took about six years to produce the film and was based on a book published in 2007.

“It is really a beautiful piece of work,” Smith said. “It is narrative and dramatization of the events that took place in the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust.”

Only two of the 60 detainees involved in this project survived World War II and Nazi extermination of Jews in Warsaw and Poland.

“The story is about a group of people who decided they didn’t want the Nazis to write the history for them because they knew their time was limited, and they took it upon themselves to gather and write journals and diaries, gather pictures and other important papers and burying these important documents and letters,” Smith said.

The Nazis’ goal was to exterminate Jews and other minority groups. They also filmed many of the atrocities inflicted on detainees in concentration camps.

“Part of why they wanted to film it was to show there used to be these groups [Jews] and we don’t have these groups anymore,” she said.

Instead of letting the Nazis tell their version of what happened to the Jews, the resistors in the Warsaw ghetto wanted to document their story for future generations.

“When people think of the Holocaust they think of negative things but in many ways this movie is a testament to the will and human spirit,” Smith said.

Who Will Write Our History will be shown on the main stage at Thalian Hall on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office.

The director of the film, Roberta Grossman, will also be in attendance to introduce the film and take part in a question and answer session following the presentation.



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