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Directors: Michal Jaskulski & Lawrence Loewinger | Poland / USA / Israel | 2016 | Documentary / Biography /War | Polish, English, Hebrew | English subtitles | 90 mins
In a story that begins with murder and ends with reconciliation, one man persuades the people of Kielce, Poland, to confront the truth about the darkest moment in their past: Kielce was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom. In 1946 forty holocaust survivors were murdered by townspeople. Communist authorities suppressed the story, leaving the town deeply embittered.
Bogdan Bialek, a Catholic Pole moved to Kielce in the 1970s. Trained as a psychologist, he has made it his life’s work both to persuade people of Kielce to embrace their past and in the process to reconnect the city with the international Jewish community. Bogan Białek transforms Kielce – the murder site – into a place of dialogue and reconciliation.