Song of the Lodz Ghetto: Premiere in Poland


7 p.m., September 5, 2012, Museum of Cinematography, Lodz, Poland

My documentary film, Song of the Lodz Ghetto, finally had its long-awaited (awaited by me) premiere in Poland in early September.  The screening was sponsored by the Dialogue Centre of Lodz whose mandate is to foster intercultural connections between the city’s four historic ethnic groups: Poles, Jews, Germans and Russians. The screening, with Polish sub-titles, was highly successful and attracted about 135 viewers to a modern state-of-the-art cinema that seats only about 100. People were sitting in the aisles and not a sound was heard in the audience (except appropriate reactions) for the film’s entire two hour running time. Most moving for me was that the audience included members of the family of Yankele Herszkowicz, the famous street singer of the Lodz Ghetto, whose life story forms a major part of the documentary. Because of the audience demand, I anticipate there will be another screening in Lodz sometime soon.