“It was inevitable that we would die but death would come on our own terms."
This is 11:59 pm
“This is the final hour if we are to make a film with the actual participants in the Partisans. We are losing Holocaust survivors day by day."
As we near the 75th anniversary of the onset of World War II, we have one last chance to film the stories from those who lived this history.
To the haunting question: “Why didn’t Jews fight back?”
This film will answer: “They did.”
While dramatizations like Defiance and Inglorious Basterds have come out of Hollywood, there is a true story that urgently needs to be told. The Jewish Partisans documentary will tell it, revealing a new lens, an alternative portal through which to view and explore the Holocaust. This film will tell the story of those courageous Jewish fighters who, despite unimaginable odds, fought back fiercely against Hitler’s war machine.
In Their Own Voices
Interviews with the last living Partisans will be the centerpiece of this film. By also using personal photographs, letters, journals, rare archival film footage, historic war records, photographs, and artifacts shared with the filmmakers from Partisans’ personal collections, the documentarians will weave together many strands to tell this layered story that shatters the myth of Jewish passivity. The film will illuminate the many ways in which Jews resisted the Nazis -- and will celebrate the soulful bravery, cleverness, and leadership, of the Partisans.
“Our history must not contain only tragedy. We cannot allow that. It must also have heroic struggles, self-defense, war, even death with honor."
Oscar, Emmy, Sundance, Cannes, and Peabody Award-Winning Filmmakers
Julia Mintz, Dan Sturman, Tricia Reidy, along with a distinguished board of advisors brings a depth of experience and a passion to the subject that will ensure an outstanding and historically accurate documentary.
Other websites of interest
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Foundation for Jewish Culture
The National Center for Jewish Film
Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation
The European office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
WETA Washington, DC