Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers

Overview

This nonfiction opus - a winner of the Best Documentary Audience Award at the 2002 UK Jewish Film Festival - relays the tale of several Polish women who succeeded at protecting countless individuals from the Nazis during World War II. It began with Irena Sandler, a 29-year-old social worker who saw the torture and death wrought upon the Jewish population of Warsaw, Poland. Undaunted, she banded together with her colleagues and managed to rescue around 2,500 children by falsifying identification papers and hiding ...
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Overview

This nonfiction opus - a winner of the Best Documentary Audience Award at the 2002 UK Jewish Film Festival - relays the tale of several Polish women who succeeded at protecting countless individuals from the Nazis during World War II. It began with Irena Sandler, a 29-year-old social worker who saw the torture and death wrought upon the Jewish population of Warsaw, Poland. Undaunted, she banded together with her colleagues and managed to rescue around 2,500 children by falsifying identification papers and hiding them at Catholic orphanages in the Polish countryside. As the film reminds us, this wasn't an easy task; aware of events such as these, the Gestapo routinely scoured the country for children suspected of being Jewish, and quizzed them on Catholic culture and history to try and expose frauds. This film tells the story of the said women, and includes an interview with Sandler filmed in the late 1990s for the sake of this documentary.
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This nonfiction opus - a winner of the Best Documentary Audience Award at the 2002 UK Jewish Film Festival - relays the tale of several Polish women who succeeded at protecting countless individuals from the Nazis during World War II. It began with Irena Sandler, a 29-year-old social worker who saw the torture and death wrought upon the Jewish population of Warsaw, Poland. Undaunted, she banded together with her colleagues and managed to rescue around 2,500 children by falsifying identification papers and hiding them at Catholic orphanages in the Polish countryside. As the film reminds us, this wasn't an easy task; aware of events such as these, the Gestapo routinely scoured the country for children suspected of being Jewish, and quizzed them on Catholic culture and history to try and expose frauds. This film tells the story of the said women, and includes an interview with Sandler filmed in the late 1990s for the sake of this documentary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • UPC: 841887014854
  • Original Release: 2010
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 64,271

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Mary Skinner Director, Producer
Tom Disher Score Composer
Slawomir Grunberg Cinematographer, Co-producer
Frank Ilfman Score Composer
Piotr Piwowarczyk Producer
Jamie Stobie Executive Producer
Marta Wohl Editor
Andrzij Wolf Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers
1. Introduction [2:31]
2. 1939 Terror in Warsaw [13:11]
3. 1942 Rescue, Sanctuary [27:52]
4. 1943 Capture, Escape [7:35]
5. Post War - Reunions [3:11]
6. Credits [2:00]
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