Heart Of Auschwitz (Le Coeur D'Auschwitz)
Directed by Carl Leblanc | CANADA | 2010 | 85min | (Q&A)
The documentary, HEART OF AUSCHWITZ, has at its core a muse. No bigger than a few inches, it was a gift to Fania Landau on her 20th birthday, a milestone anniversary in the life of a young woman. However, because it was bestowed upon her during the heartless Nazi rule, it undoubtedly meant more than any present could because in a time of extraordinary fear, this small gesture restored Fania’s hope in mankind. Out of utmost love and gratitude, Fania saw no other option than to risk her life by keeping it with her throughout death marches and camp relocations. The book of the same name and is on display in a Holocaust Museum, served as the moved Carl LeBlanc so much as to create a documentary devoted to the subject. The film, along with the heart itself, teaches us lessons of what the body and mind can endure when there is hope and empathy. - Julia Speace
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