Post Film Discussion Sabatoge
When: February 9, 3-4:30 PM, EST
This program is free to attend, but registration is required. After registration, you will receive the link for screening the film 4 days before the event.
January 1945, less than two weeks before the evacuation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, four forced laborers women, Estusia Wajcblum, Rosa Robota, Ella Gartner, and Regina Safirstein were hanged in public, accused of sabotaging the Nazi war machine.
Under the horrific inferno of Auschwitz, Anna Wajcblum Heilman, Estusia’s sister and the youngest member of the women’s resistance underground writes a diary, describing how over thirty Jewish women, forced laborers of the “Union” munition factory, took part in a dangerous smuggling operation, stealing small portions of gunpowder from the factory and passing it from one to another until it gets to the Sonderkommando men, planning a large-scale rebellion.
On October 7th 1944, the rebellion spontaneously erupted and prisoners lit up crematorium no 4. In the SS investigation, some gunpowder from the “Union” was found and suspicions against the women workers were raised. In the dark basements of Auschwitz, the SS brutally tortured Estusia, Regina, Rosa, and Ella to obtain information about the revolt.
The four took sole blame for the entire underground activity to protect their friends and sisters and were publicly hanged.
Through the eyes of Anna Wajcblum Heilman, Sabotage tells the day-to-day routine of the camp which consists also of many little moments of camaraderie and friendship between young women shaped under harsh circumstances.
Noa Aharoni, Director
Winner of the Best Documentary Film Award (Forum of Documentary Creators, Israel). Nominated for the Ophir Award for Best Documentary. Noa Aharoni graduated with a degree in TV and Cinema from Sapir College in 1994. In 2017 her documentary movie “Shadows” about the abuse among the second generation of the Holocaust by their survivor parents, was selected for the prestigious Docaviv Film Festival and IDFA. “By Summer’s End”, Noah’s first feature film from 2011 has won a Distribution Award and was nominated for the Awards of the Israeli Academy. The film was screened at Haifa International Film Festival (Honorable Mention) and Rehovot Women Film Festival.
Avi Ben-Hur, Scholar in Residence
Avi Ben-Hur is an Israeli-American scholar and guide who has been living in Jerusalem since 1983. From 2003-2008 Avi directed a national guiding school for Archaeological Seminars. Avi is a lecturer and field guide in the University of Haifa’s Tourism school and has taught in Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies.
As a scholar in residence, Avi has run seminars for Classrooms Without Borders and the Florence Melton School for Adult Jewish Education in Greece, Berlin, Prague, Israel and Poland.
Avi’s expertise lies in the geo-political issues underlying the Arab-Israeli conflict, Interfaith encounters and in Holocaust studies.
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