Hidden in Silence
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Przemysl, Poland, WWII. Germany emerges victorious over the Russians, and the city comes under Nazi control. The Jewish are sent to the ghettos. While some stand silent, Catholic teenager Stefania Podgorska (portrayed by ER's Kellie Martin as Fusia) chooses the role of a savior and sneaks 13 Jews into her attic. Every day, she risks detection--and immediate execution--by smuggling food and water to the silent group living above her. And when two German nurses are assigned to her living quarters, the chances of discovery become dangerously high. This is the true story of a young woman's selfless commitment and unwavering resolve in the face of war.
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What would you do if you were only 16 or 17 and had no parents around to take care of you during the bloody days of WWII? What if the Gestapo came to your door demanding that you leave your home in one hour and find somewhere else to live? It would be a difficult demand.
Especially if you had 13 Jews hidden in your attic.
Hidden in Silence is the true story of Stephania Pordgorska, a Catholic Polish teenager who had to decide wether to sit back and let Hitler's soldiers "liquidate" the Jews in her city or wether to do something about it.
She did something about it. And saved 13 lives which included men, women, and children. As a historian, I may be tempted to look at that and say, what is 13 against 6 million who died? But that would be missing the point. The point is, Stephania (called Fusia in the movie) did what she could. She did as much as was in her power. And yes, 13 may not seem like a large number,but to the 13 people she saved, it was everything. I love this story because it is true. Because, although Hollywood always plays with the facts a little, they really did do a comparitively excellent job with accuracy in this movie (I have reasearched the story). They didn't "Spice up" the story. It didn't need it. I love it because Stephania didn't make excuses for not doing anything. She could have thought "What can I do? I'm just a kid." But she didn't.
And that is why you must see this amazing story.
From here, you might also take a look at The Only Way with Jane Seymour.
The ensemble cast is magnificent, and what was really nice about the film was the fact that it was not very explicit in the violence against the Jews. You saw a few minor scenes, but it wasn't the point of the movie, anyway. If you want really explicit scenes, there's always Schinder's List, but that was a different story.
This is a really nice teaching tool for your older children, and provides a launching pad for a dialogue on the Holocaust.
P.S. Hey Kellie Martin fans, I heard on a Down Syndrom's website that LGO is going to be released this summer on dvd! I cannot wait to purchase it! If you have never seen it, I hope you will check it out this summer, you will not regret it. It changed my life.
The acting was not academy award nominee quality.
The actors were too well fed to adequately portray the reality of their situation but a little knowledge of the history of the Jews in Poland and a little imagination is needed. To see the real conditions look at some of the actual footage of Jews being rescued by allied soldiers and the piles of corpses that didn't make it.
Be thankful that people who were not anti-Semitic lived during the occupation by the Nazi's helped a few Jews survive the Holocaust.
I recommend all with a conscience and are not Nazi lovers watch this movie and cut the actors a little slack.