From Despair to Defiance: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (2003) is the only feature documentary to tell the story of the most important rebellion in Nazi-occupied Europe, through the memories of five of the surviving veterans of the Jewish Fighting Organization in Warsaw. They recall the horror of life in the Ghetto, the despair of the community following the mass deportations of the summer of 1942, and the resolve of the surviving young people to give their remaining days some purpose. “All we wanted to do was to choose how to die,” says Simcha Rotem, the Jewish Fighting Organization courier who led the attempt to save the leaders of the rebellion who were trapped in a bunker at #18 Mila Street. Produced and directed by David Kaufman, who will present the film and answer questions afterward.
Faculty: David Kaufman