THE STORY OF CHAIM RUMKOWSKI AND THE JEWS OF LODZ

THE STORY OF CHAIM RUMKOWSKI AND THE JEWS OF LODZ

    Price: $265.00

    Code: 1523
    Format: DVD

    Directed by Peter Cohen
    1982, 53 minutes
    Purchase: $265 Classroom Rental: $125



    In order to facilitate the destruction of Poland's three million Jews, the Nazis forced them to establish Jewish Councils responsible for administration of the Polish ghettos. Chaim Rumkowski, appointed Chairman of the Lodz Jewish Council, was responsible for establishing a vast bureaucracy which administered all social services within the ghetto. Utilizing rarely seen archival materials, including photos taken by Jewish Council photographers, the film depicts the activities of the Jewish Council, the conditions of daily life for ghetto inhabitants, Rumkowski's relationship to the Nazis, the gradual disintegration of the ghetto, and the deportations to the death camps.

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    Festivals & Awards

    Best Documentary, Global Village Documentary Festival
    Nonprint Reviewers' Choice, Booklist (American Library Association)


    Reviews

    "A model for [Holocaust] documentaries in general...Painfully unsentimental, devoid of all but the simplest visual rhetoric...a powerful film."
    The Village Voice

    "A gripping analysis of power and ethics...offers secondary history students another perspective on World War II."
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