a monthly film series featuring invited speakers, hosted by the Polish Club in San Francisco

Thursday, November 18, 2010

December 15: In The Name Of Their Mothers

Join us for Movie Nite at the Polish Club!

Polish Movie Nite is happy to present Irena Sendler: In The Name Of Their Mothers (2010), a new documentary by filmmaker Mary Skinner. In the film, 95-year-old Irena Sendler tells the true story of ┼╗egota, a secret network of Polish women who rescued thousands of Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto and hid them until the end of the war. In 1943 the Gestapo captured Sendler, tortured her and sentenced her to death, but she refused to divulge anything about the women or the hidden children. She escaped on the day she was to be executed when the Polish Resistance bribed a German guard. All of the 2,500 children rescued by her conspiracy survived the war and many were re-united with their Jewish families. But for decades, they could not tell their stories. The new Communist regime in Poland silenced former members of the Polish Resistance and most of Sendler's liaisons were persecuted or exiled. Over 65 years later they can finally speak about their wartime work as the once hidden Jewish children return to Warsaw to re-unite with their Polish protectors.

The film will be introduced by local curator Susannah Magers.

Irena Sendler: In the Name of their Mothers
58 minutes
For more information, see www.irenasendlerfilm.com

8pm Wednesday
December 15, 2010

Polish Club of San Francisco
3040 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

This event is made possible by Maureen Mroczek Morris, with additional support from Trumer Pils and Krol Vodka. Thanks also go to Mrs. Krystyna Chciuk of the Polish Club for her ongoing support of Polish Movie Nite, and to Mary Skinner, Irene Tomaszewski, Susannah Magers, and Bre Leigh Peters for their help in the preparation of this event.

Polish Movie Nite is a monthly screening organized for the benefit of the Polish Club. Events are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

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