The city of Wroclaw, Poland - formerly Breslau, Germany. The Jewish community numbered thirty thousand before World War II; by 1944 it no longer existed.
After the fall of Communism in 1989, the city witnessed a gradual reawakening of interest in Judaism and Jewish life. Some young people began to discover the existence of a Jewish grandparent, a fact often hidden from them by their parents, and sought to join the tiny Jewish community.
In early 2001, filmmakers Benny Brunner and Joseph Rochlitz visited the Jewish community of Wroclaw and spent several days observing the activities of some of its members and leaders.
In this documentary, young people express their feelings about discovering their Jewish roots and their reasons for embracing them, while community leaders describe differing conservative and progressive views on facing the challenges of the future.
An account of the inventive rebirth of Jewish identity in Wroclaw, sprouting among the ruins of the past.
Karolina Szykierska, Ewa Chareza, Maciej Szykierski, Agnieszka and Pawel Zietara - Students
Jerzy Kichler – President, Jewish community of Wroclaw
Anatol Kaszen – Vice President
Romuald Krieger – Vice President
Stanislaw Bauer – cemetery caretaker, Legnica
Broadcast: Netherlands TV, 2001 (NIK Media)
Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2002
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival 2003