The documentary tells the moving story of the resistance group Paper Brigade, a group of Jewish writers, scholars, and librarians who desperately tried to rescue Jewish cultural treasures in Vilnius during the Nazi occupation.
Director: Diane Perelsztejn BE/FR 2018, documentary, German premiere, 60 min., yid/eng/fra/heb OV with German subtitles German narrator: Eva Mattes Production: Les Films de la Mémoire, Belgium; Création et Mémoire, Belgium; Poischiche Films, France; ARTE GEIE; RTBF; LRT International distribution: ARTE Producers: Willy Perelsztejn, Olivier Roncin Cinematography: Didier Hill Derive Editing: Marguerite Le Bourgeois
Before the Second World War, Vilnius was called the Jerusalem of the North. At the time, more than 60,000
Jews lived in the city known around the world for its magnificent Jewish libraries and its precious collections of
Torah scrolls. The Nazis sought to destroy all traces of the roots of Judaism. They perfidiously forced Jewish
librarians and writers, among them writer Abraham Sutzkever, to help them by plundering their own libraries
and surrendering them to destruction. The resistance group Paper Brigade formed around librarian Kruk. In the
face of approaching death, they desperately tried to rescue part of the precious collections for the future and
Mémorial de la Shoah 2018, Paris; IMAJ 2019, Brussels; Jewish International Film Festival Melbourne 2019, Gandel Holocaust Education Conference, Melbourne 2019
KATHLEEN FERRIER (BE/FR 2012); ROBERT FORTUNE: THE TEA THIEF (BE 2001); THE COMIC STRIP HITS 100 (BE 1996); ESCAPE TO THE RISING SUN (BE 1990)
Diane Perelsztejn is a prizewinning documentary filmmaker whose films have been screened at numerous international festivals and broadcast on television around the globe.
In cooperation with the Lithuanian Culture Institute Guests: Nicola Galliner talks with Diane Peresztejn and Eva Mattes and an introduction by Dr. Anja Siegemund (Director Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin-Centrum Judaicum)