Recalling Stories Program
Directed by Jason A. Schmidt | USA | 2010 | 38min | (Q&A)
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THE LABYRINTH combines the testimony of an Auschwitz survivor with his artwork and his memories. Marian Kolodziej, a Polish Catholic, was on one of the first transports to enter Auschwitz and was given number 432. He survived five years but did not speak about his experience for 50 years—until he suffered a serious stroke. He began his rehabilitation by making pen and ink drawings depicting his horrific experience. Marian’s drawings and art installations, which he called The Labyrinth, fill the large basement of a church near Auschwitz. Through the blending of his testimony and graphic drawings, this documentary explores the memories and nightmares that were buried for years. Why would a confrontation with death trigger the need to record his long-suppressed memories? Why in this graphic, metaphorical way? Through his powerful artwork and compelling first person account, this film demonstrates one man’s resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors. - Adapted from imdb.com
Directed by Frank Stiefel | USA | 2009 | 40min | (Q&A)
Clocking in at just 26 minutes, Frank Steifel manages to fully invoke the pain, humiliation, and in the end, courage, that his mother, Ingelore Herz Honigstein felt during and after the Nazi occupation. With the narration of the film’s namesake cast as a backdrop against the action, INGELORE takes the viewer down a troubling road that has become all too familiar regarding Holocaust survivors. Ms. Honigstein is not a typical survivor, however, as she was born deaf. An extreme disappointment to her parents, she was sent away to various boarding schools, finally finding a home at a school for the deaf. With the ascension of the Third Reich, she was forced out of school and into a struggle for survival in the concentration camps. Ingelore manages to tell her story with an uncanny degree of sincerity, withholding very little of the remarkable life she has led.