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After playing at dozens of film festivals around the world, No. 4 Street of Our Lady was recently recognized with three new awards.
In March, the film received the audience award at the Salem Film Festival New England's premiere documentary film festival. As winner of the award, the film was invited for a week-long run at Cinema Salem in early May.
In April, the film was named a recipient of the 2010 Silver Telly Award. The Silver Telly Council makes selections for the annual awards, which honor the best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. This year winners were culled from more than 13,000 entries.
In May, the film was award the Lenore Marwil Award for Best Documentary at the Metropolitan Detroit Jewish Film Festival. The award was presented at a special ceremony held on May 2.
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Film earns accolades, awards
Since its release this past spring, No. 4 Street of Our Lady has been making the film festival circuit rounds, earning praise, rave reviews and awards along the way. Special screenings of the film are also being held at universities and community centers around the United States. The film recently won the Grand Prize in the feature documentary film category at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, an important Academy Award qualifying festival, and the local public broadcasting station in central Pennsylvania, WPSU, plans to broadcast the film this coming fall and to hold a special talk show program in conjunction with its airing.
In July, No. 4 Street of Our Lady won an Accolade Award of Excellence in Film, which recognizes independent filmmakers who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity.
June brought a prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award in the documentary feature category. The CINE Golden Eagle awards, which honor excellence in professional and independent works, are recognized internationally as symbols of the highest production standards in film and television production. Among great talents whose first major awards included the CINE Golden Eagle are Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, and such great documentarians as Ken Burns, Charles Guggenheim, Stanley Nelson, Albert Maysles and Frederick Wiseman.
In April, No. 4 Street of Our Lady received a Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival and a second prize for best feature-length documentary at the Athens International Film and Video Festival. Since making its festival premiere in Athens, the film has played at the Artsfest Film Festival in Harrisburg, Pa., and at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Among the upcoming festivals where it will be shown are the Australian Festival of Jewish Cinema, the Rappahannock Independent Film Festival, the Kansas International Film Festival, COMMFEST Film Festival, Iris Film Festival and the Hartford Jewish Film Festival.
Other events include special screenings of the film at the ESRA (English Speaking Residents Association) Cinema Club in Israel and at the University of Florida in November.
No. 4 Street of Our Lady opened to a sold out audience of more than 500 people at the State Theatre in downtown State College, Pa., on March 1. In attendance were guests from around the world, including all those involved in the making of the film. In response to popular demand, a second showing of the film was held at the State Theatre on May 10 and attended by hundreds.
For more information about upcoming events, click on Screenings.
A special screening
A special screening of No. 4 Street of Our Lady will be held on March 1, 2009, at the historic State Theatre in downtown State College, Pa., for all those involved in the making of the film. Attending the event will be guests from around the world, including the four survivors who as children were saved by Francisca Halamajowa, their children and grandchildren, and many of her descendants.
The event is being sponsored by the Don Davis Program in Ethical Leadership at Penn State's College of Communications and Penn State's Jewish Studies Program. More than 500 people, including Penn State students, faculty members and community leaders, are expected to attend the event. It will be the first time that any of those featured in the film will see the final product.
For more information about upcoming events, click on Screenings.
The filmmakers plan to continue screening the film (whose working title was On the Side of Angels) at festivals in the United States and abroad as well as at special events. No. 4 Street of Our Lady has already been submitted to several film festivals in the United States.
Halamajowa house, where 15 Jews hid for 20 months, is found
Key scenes in No. 4 Street of Our Lady were shot this summer in Ukraine and Israel. In mid–July, three of the survivors hidden and cared for by Francisca Halamajowa made their first trip back to the town of Sokal in 65 years, where they met her two granddaughters, Grace Kucharzyk and Jolanta Staron, who had flown in from the United States.
Using Moshe Maltz's diary, the group was able to locate the house where Francisca Halamajowa hid 15 Jews between 1942 and 1944 at 4 Dovzhenko St. Although the name of the street was changed during the Soviet occupation, several local residents, who had been acquainted with the rescuer before and during the war, helped identify the location, as described in the diary. The number of the house has remained the same, and it is still a two-family home with a pigsty and vegetable garden in the back.
The current owners of the house, Bogdan and Oleksandra Ivanchuk, welcomed the visitors and showed them the cellar under the original kitchen floor where the Kram family had been hidden, the attic above the house where a soldier who had defected from the German army had found shelter, and the spot in the backyard where the original pigsty, in which the Maltz and Kindler families were hidden, had stood. Herb Maltz, Moshe's son, recognized the apple tree in the garden, under which his aunt, Chaya Dvora Maltz, Moshe's youngest sister, had been buried after dying of tuberculosis in the attic of the pigsty.
The survivors — Herb Maltz, Fay Malkin and Eli Kindler — later visited what had been the site of the Jewish ghetto of Sokal, today a public park which houses the ruins of the town's historic synagogue. As young children, Maltz, Malkin and Kindler were relocated into the ghetto with their families before escaping to Francisca Halamajowa's house to avoid the last deportation of Jews from Sokal to the death camps. They recalled sneaking out of the ghetto at night and following their parents along the banks of the Bug River to the safety of the Halamajowa pigsty shortly before the Sokal ghetto was completely liquidated.
The group also found the ruins of the brick factory on the outskirts of town, where 400 Jews — among them, Fay Malkin's father, Eli Letzter - had been executed in 1941, several days after the Nazis occupied Sokal.
The homes where the Maltz and Kindler families had lived before and immediately after the war were also found, with the help of local residents. Fay Malkin was also able to identify the exact spot where her parents' confectionary store had once stood, next to the main post office of Sokal.
On their last day in Sokal, Grace Kucharzyk and Jolanta Staron walked the same path their grandmother had taken more than 60 years ago, when she crossed the Bug River, fleeing the town under threat of death, never to see it again.
Only a handful Sokal's current residents have lived there since before the war, but Alex Denisenko, the film's researcher and translator, managed to locate two of them: Volodimir Yasinsky and Maria Pashkovska. The two proved to be invaluable sources of information for the group, as they shared their recollections of Francisca Halamajowa, the families she hid, and what the local townspeople knew or did not know about what was going on in her home 65 years ago.
Moshe Maltz's diary filmed
Upon returning to Israel, the filmmakers visited the archives of Yad Vashem, the national Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, where Moshe Maltz's diary is stored. The 139–page diary, written in Yiddish, spans the period of September 1939 to May 1945 and includes detailed descriptions of the 20–month period in hiding in the attic of Francisca Halamajowa's pigsty.
Archivists at Yad Vashem also uncovered previously unknown testimony submitted by Moshe Maltz during his one and only visit to the site in 1981. In this testimony, Maltz relayed new information — not included in his diary — about other efforts undertaken by Francisca Halamajowa and her son to save Jewish people in as faraway places as Lvov (today L'viv) and the Dolina forest.
Following the visit to the archives, the survivors paid their respects to Francisca Halamajowa and her daughter Hela at the tree planted in their honor on the Avenue of the Righteous Among Nations at Yad Vashem.
Leading experts interviewed for film
Two leading experts on aspects of the Holocaust relevant to the film were interviewed this summer in Jerusalem. Irena Steinfeldt, director of the Righteous Among the Nations department at Yad Vashem, spoke about rescuers as a rare phenomenon in general and about Francisca Halamajowa as an even rarer phenomenon within this unusual category of people, given the scale of her actions.
Dr. Amos Goldberg of the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, a renowned authority on diary–keeping during the Holocaust, talked about the motivations for writing under conditions of duress, while addressing the unique aspects of Moshe Maltz's diary.
Yitte Nachfolger passes away
Yitte Nachfolger, Moshe Maltz's sister, passed away in October at the age of 100, leaving behind her son, Sol, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nachfolger was the last remaining survivor among the 10 adults who had been hidden by Francisca Halamajowa. After refusing to talk about her experiences for many years, she agreed to be interviewed for this film last July, recognizing the importance of the project.
Nachfolger remained lucid until her last days and proved to be a gold mine of information. Thanks to her fabulous memory and ability to recall exact addresses dating back 65 years and longer, the production team was able to locate and film many of the sights mentioned in her late brother's diary.
With much of the filming of No. 4 Street of Our Lady completed, post–production work has begun on the feature length documentary. The date for a world premiere screening is targeted for fall 2008 at the newly renovated State Theatre in State College, Pa.
To finance many of the expenses associated with post-production, a new round of fundraising is scheduled to get under way shortly.
Preparations for summer shoot shift into high gear
Key scenes in No. 4 Street of Our Lady will be shot this summer in Ukraine, when the survivors hidden in Francisca Halamajowa's hayloft join her granddaughters on a trip back to Sokal, the town where she provided shelter to 15 Jews during the Holocaust.
Alex Denisenko, the project's researcher and coordinator in Eastern Europe, has visited Sokal and its outskirts numerous times in recent months searching for places mentioned in Moshe Maltz's diary and planning this trip. He said the diary, which provides much detail and description of the town, including precise addresses has helped him considerably on his mission.
The film crew will depart in early July for Israel, where they will interview Eli Kindler, the only living survivor from his family of Francisca Halamajowa's hayloft. In addition, they will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, where the original copy of Moshe Maltz's diary is stored and where a memorial to the Jewish community of Sokal has been set up.
On July 11, they will fly to Lviv, where they will be joined by Francisca Halamajowa's two granddaughters - Grace Kucharzyk and Jolanta Staron. From there, they will embark on their journey to Sokal, located about 50 miles west of Lviv.
Community leaders endorse documentary project
Three prominent members of the Penn State community, all longstanding benefactors of the university, have undertaken to lend their support and expertise to promoting No. 4 Street of Our Lady.
Mimi Fredman, president of the State College-based Barash Group, an advertising and publishing firm, and Herschel and Eileen Leibowitz have joined forced to stir up community interest in the project and maximize local fundraising efforts. Herschel Leibowitz, Evan Pugh professor of psychology, and his wife Eileen are local activists and community leaders in philanthropic causes.
The Leibowitzes and Fredman recently hosted a dinner to acquaint other interested members of the community with the film and request their support.
Fredman, the first woman to serve as chairman of the board of trustees of Penn State, said the idea for the film captured her immediately. “We need to find every possible way to teach children from generation to generation about caring and about peace,” said Fredman. “In my judgment there's no better way than to use the messages of our past for the hope for our future.”
Eileen Leibowitz said she decided she wanted to be involved in the project right after her first conversation with Judy Maltz. “The story captivated me, and I immediately wanted to support this project,” said Leibowitz.
Fundraising campaign moves ahead
The fundraising efforts for No. 4 Street of Our Lady are off to a promising start. Donors include individuals and foundations nationally, as well as members of the Penn State community and alumni of Penn State's College of Communications.
The following is an interim list of contributors to the film:
Doug and Claudia Anderson, Barrack Foundation, Baskets by Gayle, Jonathan and Jacqueline Bernstein, Sol Cohn, Davidowitz Foundation Inc., H. Richard Dollinger, James and Julia Donnelly, Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation, Roger Gershon, Erica Green, Andrew Gutman, Hart & Simona Hasten Family Foundation, Peter Hirsch, Anne Hoag, Lauren Homel, Richard and Sally Kalin, Richard and Joy Vincent–Killian, Cynda and John Kostyak, Mark Langdon, Jules and Louise Lippert, Bette Davis Madway, Michael and Riv Maltz, Barbara Marder, Theodore and Jacqueline Matlow, Alan Polonsky, J. Paul Rutter, Henry Schoenfeld, Stephanie Snyder, Stephanie Sorkin, Gerald Stein, Edward Steinberg, Wilf Family Foundation, Joseph and Janice Yewdell, David and Rochelle Zohn.
Penn State's College of Communications, through its development office, has played an active role in promoting and raising funds for the film. The major pre–production expenses associated with the film are equipment and travel.
Another child saved by Francisca Halamajowa is found
Between November 1942 and July 1944, Francisca Halamajowa hid two families — the Maltzes and the Kindlers — in a hayloft above the pigsty in her backyard. At the same time, she hid another Jewish family, the Krams, in a hole dug under the kitchen floor of her house. The 12 people in the hayloft — eight adults and four children — and the three people under the kitchen — a father, mother and young boy — were unaware of each other's existence until they came out of hiding. The Maltz family eventually ended up in New Jersey, the Kram family in California and the Kindlers in Israel. For the first few years after the war, the Maltzes and Krams kept in touch, but eventually, they lost contact with one another.
“Ever since we began talking about making this film, my father has been urging me to find the Krams,” said Judy Maltz. “It wasn't easy, and I'm not at liberty to say exactly how I found him, but several weeks ago, I located the little Kram boy who was hidden under the kitchen floor. He's now a man in his seventies, he lives near Tampa, Fla., and has very vivid recollections of that period.”
In their telephone conversation, Sam Kram recalled that his mother, whose blond hair and blue eyes made her look like an Aryan, would spend most of the days in hiding up in the kitchen cooking with Francisca Halamajowa. “One thing my mother never understood was why they were cooking so much food all the time, but she never dared to ask,” said Kram. “She obviously had no idea that she was cooking for another 12 people up in the hayloft.”
Following this conversation, Haim Maltz established contact with Sam Kram for the first time in 63 years.
Diary on sale on “Amazon”
Moshe Maltz's diary, translated into English, is now on sale. “Years of Horror: Glimpse of Hope,” translated from the Yiddish and adapted by the late Gertrude Hirschler, can be purchased for $25 on Amazon. The book was published in 1993 by Shengold Publisheers in New York.
All proceeds from book sales will be used to finance production of the documentary. To purchase a copy of “Years of Horror: Glimpse of Hope,” click here.
Key interviews shot
Several key interviews with survivors, scheduled to take place before the summer trip, have just been completed.
Fay Malkin, who was four–and–a–half years old when she went into hiding in Francisca Halamajowa's hayloft, shared the harrowing details of her story of survival during an extensive three–hour interview in her West Orange, N.J., home. Malkin also reflected on how her stunning escape from death has impacted her life ever since and explained why she has felt a strong urge to return to her birthplace in recent years.
Her cousin, Haim Maltz, shared his recollections of daily life in the hayloft as young child, along with his memories of the other adults who hid with him, almost all of whom have since passed away. During the two–hour interview conducted at his Elizabeth, N.J. home, Maltz also revealed some artifacts from that period, saved by his parents and passed down to him and his children.
Diary narration taped
Excerpts from Moshe Maltz's diary, which provides the basis for No. 4 Street of Our Lady, are to be read in the film. In recent weeks, Abel Schejter, the diary narrator, was taped reading many of these excerpts, at times in the original Yiddish and at times in English.
The readings were recorded in sound studios made available to the No. 4 Street of Our Lady crew at WPSU, the local public broadcasting station affiliated with the Pennsylvania State University.
Film directors interviewed on NPR affiliate station
The directors of No. 4 Street of Our Lady were interviewed on April 15, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on “Take Note,” a popular weekly program on WPSU, the National Public Radio affiliate in central Pennsylvania. The entire 30-minutes program, aired twice that day, was devoted to the making of the film.
During the program, the directors discussed how the idea for the film was conceived, how their collaboration came about, what they expect to find on their trip to Israel and Eastern Europe this summer, and where and when the film will be screened.
To hear the program, click here.
Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle publishes story on Angels
The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicles, which serves the Jewish communities of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, recently published an interview with director Judy Maltz about the making of No. 4 Street of Our Lady.
Titled “PSU professor tells family's survivor-rescuer story in film,” the article focuses on the discovery of Moshe Maltz's diary and on how it has come to play a key role in the making of this documentary.
“If we can find this hayloft where my family was hidden, and I have a feeling it's still around there, that would be wonderful,” Maltz's granddaughter, Judy, told Lee Chottiner, the executive editor of the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, in the wide-ranging interview.
Directors receive prestigious awards
Two of the directors of No. 4 Street of Our Lady were recently honored by Penn State's College of Communications, the largest accredited college of its kind in the United States.
Director Richie Sherman was the annual recipient of the Dean's Excellence Award for Research and Creative Work. In presenting the award, Dean Douglas Anderson noted the awards and recognition Sherman has recently received for his work in film festivals around the world. Sherman is the first faculty member to receive this prestigious award for creative work.
Director Barbara Bird was the annual recipient of the Dean's Excellence Award for Service. In his remarks, the dean stressed her deep involvement in and commitment to the college, and in particular, her role in developing and promoting international programs.
Rescuers organization lauds film project
The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, whose mission is to extend assistance to Christians who saved Jews during the Holocaust and pay tribute to them, has expressed great interest in the story of Francisca Halamajowa.
“Your personal connection to this history through your grandfather and father is especially interesting, and the use of your grandfather's diary alongside interviews and archival resources will enrich this story,” writes Stanlee J. Stahl, executive vice president of JFR, in a letter to Judy Maltz. “We will tell the Holocaust resource centers and members of the education community whom we serve about your film and its projected release date.”
Wiesenthal Center: film “an important contribution to Holocaust memory”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance have praised No. 4 Street of Our Lady calling the film “an important contribution to the memory of the Holocaust.”
In a personal letter to Judy Maltz, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, writes that he looks forward to viewing the documentary when it is completed. “Most people during WWII were bystanders; too busy or too scared to get involved,” notes Hier. “The few who sacrificed and risked their lives have earned the right to be remembered.”
Hier is the recipient of two Academy Awards. In 1997, he was a co-producer of “The Long Way Home,” which focused on the plight of refugees who survived the Holocaust, and in 1981, he was a co-producer and co-writer for “Genocide,” another Holocaust documentary. Under his direction, the Wiesenthal Center has served as consultant to Steven Spielberg's “Schindler's List” and ABC Television's miniseries adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel, “War and Remembrance.”
It should be noted that diary keeper Moshe Maltz, Judy's grandfather, was a personal friend of Simon Wiesenthal's. The two met after WWII in the displaced persons camps of Austria, where Maltz provided Wiesenthal with testimony about the atrocities he had witnessed in the town of Sokal during the Holocaust. For many years thereafter, they corresponded with one another.
Wallenberg Foundation interested in screening “Angels” at film marathon
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation says it hopes to screen No. 4 Street of Our Lady at its annual New York film marathon “Saviors on the Screen,” noting that films like these “are instrumental in the promotion of values of courage, understanding and equality . . .”
In a letter of endorsement, Daniela Bajar, director of programs and special projects at the foundation, writes: “I wish to extend our support for the project and gratitude to Ms. Judy Maltz and her colleagues, Professor Barbara Bird and Professor Richard Sherman, for such a noble initiative.”
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, with branches in New York, Buenos Aires and Jerusalem, strives to develop international programs and public awareness campaigns based on the values upheld by rescuers during the Holocaust. The foundation recently set up a special research project on women rescuers that includes Francisca Halamajowa.
Raoul Wallenberg is the Swedish diplomat who went missing in January 1945 after saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews and others persecuted by the Nazis.
Yad Vashem to include film in new Visual Center
The Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem, which contains the world's largest repository of information on the Holocaust, plans to include No. 4 Street of Our Lady in its new Visual Center for the collection, study and viewing of films about the Holocaust and related subjects.
In a letter to Judy Maltz, Iris Rosenberg, the spokeswoman of Yad Vashem, writes that the institute sees films as “an important tool in disseminating the legacy of the Holocaust to future generations.” Yad Vashem attributes special value, she writes, to films about those defied the Nazis and rescued Jews.
“It is important that the coming generations know that in the face of the brutality and murder, the collaboration, the silence and the indifference, people could behave differently, although they were only a handful who did,” notes Rosenberg. “The Righteous serve as models of emulation, which can help young people build a society that is founded on human values.”
Yad Vashem's Visual Center, part of the new museum complex, is dedicated to creating the world's most comprehensive center of cinematic work related to the Holocaust.
Izhar Schejter to write music for “Angels”
Professor Izhar Schejter of the Berklee College of Music in Boston will write the musical score to No. 4 Street of Our Lady.
The recipient of several new music performance grants, Schejter has served as the director and conductor of the Boston-based Longy Jazz Orchestra.
“It is a great privilege for me to collaborate with this talented group from Penn State on this documentary,” he said. “I feel honored to be writing the music to a film that tells such a remarkable story and has such a universal message.”
Raised in Israel, Schejter, a graduate of Berklee and the New England Conservatory of Music, has been a composer, performer and sound designer for live theater productions and a variety of multimedia installations.
Production moves ahead
A second round of interviews with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Francisca Halamajowa was conducted in early January, from which further details on her life before and after World War II have begun to emerge.
Grace Kucharzyk and Jolanta Staron shared recollections of the years they lived with their grandmother as small children, offering new insights into the character of this remarkable woman and her daughter, Hela. Four of Halamajowa's great-grandchildren reflected on how her heroic acts continue to affect their lives today.
New Documents Discovered
In the course of producing No. 4 Street of Our Lady, several new documents have been discovered which provide more details on what befell the Jewish communities of Sokal and neighboring towns during and after the Holocaust.
Among these documents are letters written by Moshe Maltz, the diary keeper, and his brother Shmelke, during the years they spent in “Displaced Persons” camps in Germany and Austria, after the war (1946–49), to their relatives in the United States. In addition, letters and postcards written during the war to Moshe Maltz from his wife's family in the Jewish ghetto of Zolkiew have been found and are now being translated from Yiddish. A genealogist in Lviv, Ukraine, who is coordinating the return trip, has discovered old town records in Sokal, dating back to pre–war times, in which members of the Maltz family are mentioned.
Additionally, previously unknown documentation of testimony provided by Moshe Maltz after the war to various tribunals and committees prosecuting Nazi War criminals has recently been found in the archives of Yad Vashem.
Film Production Gets Under Way
Production of No. 4 Street of Our Lady was kicked off this past summer, with a series of preliminary interviews held with members of the Maltz and Halamajowa families. In July, Chaim Maltz, the son of diary keeper Moshe Maltz, was interviewed at the home of his daughter, Judy, in State College, Pa. In the interview, the 70–year–old Holocaust survivor shared his recollections of the long months hidden from the Nazis as a child in Francisca Halamajowa's hayloft. In another interview, Fran Malkin, the niece of Moshe Maltz, recalled the unbearable conditions of daily life in the Jewish ghetto of Sokal, before finding shelter, as a 4–year–old child, above the pigsty in Mrs. Halamajowa's backyard.
Subsequent interviews were conducted with Mrs. Halamajowa's descendants in the Hartford, Conn., home of Grace Kucharzyk, her granddaughter. The Halamajowa grandchildren and great–grandchildren talked about discovering, after many years, that their grandmother had rescued 15 Jews during the war — half of all those Jews who survived the Holocaust in the town of Sokal — and how this legacy has affected their lives.
Also during the summer months, Yitte Nachfolger nee Maltz, the 99–year–old sister of Moshe Maltz, was interviewed in the Monsey, N.Y. home of her son, Sol. Nachfolger, the only adult hidden by Mrs. Halamajowa who is still alive, shared her vivid memories of the period in a two–hour interview.
In January, follow–up interviews are planned with Mrs. Halamajowa's grandchildren and great–great grandchildren, as well as with Herb Maltz and Fran Malkin. A first interview is also scheduled with Judy Maltz, Moshe's granddaughter, who conceived of this project.
The target date for the return trip to Sokal is July 2007. Before then, the film crew plans a trip to Israel, where Eli Kindler, one of the four survivors of Mrs. Halamajova's hayloft who is still alive, will be interviewed in his Herzlyia home. A trip to Yad Vashem, the national Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, is also planned for the purpose of filming the original diary kept by Moshe Maltz, now stored in a special temperature–controlled section of the museum's archives, as well as the tree planted in honor of Mrs. Halamajova on the “Path of the Righteous Gentiles.”