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(275) 7.4 95 min 2018

Who Will Write Our History is a movie starring Jowita Budnik, Piotr Glowacki, and Piotr Jankowski. Who Will Write Our History tells the story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, the secret archive he created and led...

Piotr Jankowski, Jowita Budnik, Piotr Glowacki, Wojciech Zielinski
History, Documentary
Roberta Grossman

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres History, Documentary
Director Roberta Grossman
Writer Samuel Kassow, Roberta Grossman
Stars Piotr Jankowski, Jowita Budnik, Piotr Glowacki, Wojciech Zielinski
Country USA
Also Known As Kto napisze naszą historię, Das Geheimarchiv im Warschauer Ghetto, Quem Escreverá a Nossa História, Chi scriverà la nostra storia
Runtime 1H 35M
Description Who Will Write Our History tells the story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, the secret archive he created and led in the Warsaw Ghetto. With 30,000 pages of writing, photographs, posters, and more, the Oyneg Shabes Archive is the most important cache of in-the-moment, eyewitness accounts from the Holocaust. It documents not only how the Jews of the ghetto died, but how they lived. The film is based on the book of the same name by historian Samuel Kassow.

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Sunday, 08 Nov 2020 11:30

Since we are dealing with the topic of why the Germans captured the city of Rotterdam, the film makers have to make some important points, including the role of the U-boat men who got into the city and who know the local customs, the use of a wooden box of water as an instrument, the role of a bodyguard, and finally the role of the captain. I also learned from the film makers that the dock workers in Rotterdam were not the well-trained professionals the film makers are making them out to be, and this is shown by a comment by a Captain that he wasn't paid enough for his work, despite his position as a captain and high pay. It also reminded me of a Captain's interview in the book U-boat: The German U-boat Story, which was written by Tom Hermann (from Simon & Schuster, but they have a few of the books available on Amazon). In that book, Hermann describes how German U-boat captains often refused to dock the U-boats at night and how they often built their own "auxiliary" craft to help them out. In the film, the captain explained that he did not want to dock the U-boat at night and had to wait in the dock for the summer to dock the U-boat at Rotterdam. He also wanted to wait to dock in Rotterdam until he had the permission of the German authorities to do so. The point that I found most interesting was the question of the leadership role in the Rotterdam attack. There was an obvious comparison with the German U-boat attack of 1937 in Hamburg, in which the U-boat crew were overwhelmed by the raiders in the harbour and had to abandon their craft. But here, the U-boat captain was supported by a larger number of his men. Also, the U-boat was built in the 1920s, the largest boats in the world were still in the 1930s. It's interesting that the U-boat crew was comprised of not only sailors and junior officers, but also engineers, gunners, a surgeon and a cook. It's also interesting that the captain was well-trained and had the authority to command his men at the right times. This gives a context for the importance of his command. It's also interesting that the captain had the authority to call off the attack, and also that he took the initiative in deciding the best way to attack the city. The film makers also showed that even the ship captain was surprised and was not prepared to commit to the raid. At the end, when the U-boat crew decided to move the attack forward, the captain sent the younger crew back to England with instructions to make sure that they left the Rotterdam dock intact, and not destroy it.
Tuesday, 13 Oct 2020 23:03

On 12 August, I attended the screening of History and the Book of the Dead, a documentary about the horrors of the Holocaust. During the Q&A, I learned that the documentary is based on the account written by the famous "Holocaust survivor" Leon Lederman. According to the story, Lederman met and befriended Adolf Eichmann, the man responsible for leading the Nazis in the systematic extermination of six million Jews in the '40s and '50s. Although the story is based on a true account, it's hard to imagine that people like Lederman would be able to understand it. Unfortunately, because of a lack of funding, most documentaries about the Holocaust are so-so. But this one, which is currently playing in the U.S. (where I live) is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. It's honest, and takes viewers through the horrors of the Holocaust without exploiting the atrocities. As a Jewish American, I find it hard to explain what it was like to have the world viewed as a "Jew", and how it affected my daily life. After seeing the film, I want to go back to the Jewish Museum in Berlin and try to see the original story behind the story. I was really grateful for the funds that these kind people provided for this film, because it really was a great way to tell the story. I'm going to go back and see the film again, and I hope that my friends who were in the audience will go with me. I think that there are many people who are not aware of what happened in the '40s and '50s, and this film will help to make their acquaintance with what happened. My favorite quote in the documentary comes from a woman who worked at a printing press. She was shocked to find out that her first work for a book was to become a Nazi propaganda machine. I think that if they were able to collect every single document that was discovered after the war, it would be a heck of a lot more interesting than the whole Holocaust. Because of my girlfriend's passion for history, I believe that she would want to visit the Holocaust Museum in Berlin. It's a shame that the majority of people in the U.S. don't know what it's like to live in a country that is still dealing with the effects of the Holocaust. I believe that a lot of people are scared to go to museums and see the true stories of the Holocaust, because it's something that they may not like. I hope that this film will become a success, because it's a great story that should be told.
Thursday, 16 Jul 2020 01:25

I went to see this film with two friends, one of whom had recently lost her brother to a fatal car accident and the other had been in a similar position. The film and the lives of both family members were very touching and it helped me feel a sense of justice towards my family and friends in the event that I had lost someone to the exact same circumstances. The only problem with the film was the director's lack of insight in the subject. It was not an art film but rather a documentary. The first hour or so is just a collection of interviews, primarily of the family, but also of the parents of the teenagers who were involved in the accident and the priest and others who were consulted in the investigation. It does not do justice to the subject matter, especially considering the efforts of the two primary actors. The fact that they were able to portray emotions and thoughts so realistically was impressive. However, their input to the film was probably the only saving grace. The other problem was that it lacked context. There were segments of the film where the director's comments were followed by a song or two (an important element for the documentary). As I left the theater I was left wondering if there was a point to this film, because I could not get past the cliche of the documentary and the feelings of pity and forgiveness the families felt after the deaths of their loved ones. This could have been done with a more comprehensive, independent film, but this would not have been my cup of tea. The film was a good example of what documentary filmmaking should be. To give credit where credit is due, the production values and use of camera equipment were first rate, the editing was razor-sharp, the sound quality was excellent, and the special effects were impressive. But the director, who had direct control of the direction, should have taken a different approach. This documentary could have been a good film but it would have lacked the needed context in order to gain my full attention. I could not get past the cliches of the subject matter and lack of context that would have been required to make this film a good film.

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