Partisans of Vilna

Partisans of Vilna

Director: Josh Waletsky

Cast: Josh Waletsky

     
 

Over forty different holocaust survivors are interviewed in this informative documentary about resistance fighters in Vilna (or Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania). Supplemented by archival footage that visually expands the testimony of the survivors, their story comes alive as they recount how they formed a commando unit to go on the offensive against the Nazi army…  See more details below

Overview

Over forty different holocaust survivors are interviewed in this informative documentary about resistance fighters in Vilna (or Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania). Supplemented by archival footage that visually expands the testimony of the survivors, their story comes alive as they recount how they formed a commando unit to go on the offensive against the Nazi army (through sabotage). Some of the misguided aspects of the resistance's hard-and-fast rules are also brought to the fore. One survivor notes how his mother came to one operation asking how she could help, and even though she was also risking her life in doing that -- she was turned away because this was not accepted procedure.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2005
UPC:
0767685961438
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Video Group
Time:
2:10:00

Special Features

Bonus CD and songbook with lyrics in English and Yiddish: Partisans of Vilna: The Songs of WWII Jewish Resistance; Study guide with historical background and questions for discussion; Filmmaker commentaries from director Josh Waletzky and producer Aviva Kempner; Exclusive photo gallery; Filmmaker biographies and statement

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- DVD
1. Defend Ourselves [7:45]
2. Abductions [7:32]
3. Sealed Ghetto [11:48]
4. A Call to Arms [14:01]
5. Partisan Handbook [11:44]
6. Shameful Actions [5:46]
7. Hearing the Call [10:10]
8. Partisan Bases [13:46]
9. Everyone Against Us [5:08]
10. Fighting Units [13:54]
11. Refugees in Need [14:24]
12. Credits [11:00]

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