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February 19, 2012

“In Darkness” a new Holocaust film opening soon at a theater near you

Filed under: Holocaust, movies, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:56 am

A new Holocaust film, directed by Agnieszka Holland, the woman who directed the film “Europa, Europa” back in 1990, opened in “select theaters” on Feb. 17th and will be shown in my city next week.  I am looking forward to seeing this film because I liked “Europa, Europa” so much that I saw it twice.

The new movie is about the Lvov Ghetto in what is now the city of Lviv in Ukraine. Before the joint invasion of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, the city of Lvov was home to 120,000 Jews.  At that time, Lvov was located in territory that had formerly belonged to Germany before World War I; the German name for the city was Lemberg.

"In Darkness" shows Jewish children hiding in sewers in Lvov ghetto in Poland

The Nazis did not occupy the city of Lvov until after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941 and by that time, the number of Jews in the city had increased to 220,000, according to Wikipedia.  Between October 1939 and June 1941, Lvov had been in Soviet-occupied territory. The Lvov ghetto was set up by the Germans in November 1941 and liquidated in June 1943 when the Jews in the ghetto were sent to the Belzec death camp or the Janowska concentration camp.

One of my most popular blog posts was about how Amon Goeth saved Jews from the ghettos in the Lublin area by taking bribes from them in exchange for not sending them to Belzec.  I haven’t seen the new film about the Lvov ghetto, but I wonder if some of the Lvov Jews saved themselves by bribing the Germans who were in charge of sending them to either the Belzec extermination camp or the Janowska concentration camp.

I learned a lot from the film “Europa, Europa.”  I learned that some of the so-called rivers in Poland are so shallow that a person can easily wade across them.  Not like the real rivers in Missouri where I grew up (Missouri river and Mississippi river). I learned that many Jews escaped into the Soviet zone of Poland during the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 and that they waded across the Bug river which divided the two zones.  The Soviets invaded Poland on September 17, 1939.

I will write more about the Jews in Lvov after I see the new movie.  It has been nominated for an Oscar for the best foreign film this year.

Read more here about the Lvov ghetto at the USHMM website. The photo below, from the USHMM website, shows a German soldier watching as Ukrainian civilians drag a Jew down the street in the Lvov ghetto.

Ukrainian civilians drag a Jew in Lvov ghetto as German soldier looks on


  1. Some interesting comments here, at least from a limited and demented perspective. For some reason, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Bielski Bros very courageous and effective partisan acts of heroism have not been mentioned by the holocaust deniers.
    Somehow, the Jewish People, though vastly outnumbered, and without a country of their own, managed to not only survive , but to thrive. The Jewish contributions to science, medicine, the arts, and education have been nothing short of amazing, especially considering the relatively small number of Jewish people.
    Since 1948, Jews finally established a home of their own in Israel, as an answer to the Nazi slaughter. NEVER AGAIN! . Those of you who have a distorted and inaccurate view of the Jewish People, have only to visit jusrael and speak with Israeli’s, both men and women. I did just that. I spoke with a distinguished, fit, and no nonsense appearing guy. As we spoke of Israel’s current situation, he looked hard into my eyes and said ” NO-ONE”S COMING INTO ISRAEL AND TAKE OUR LAND. NO-ONE! He wasn’r playing.

    Comment by Il Postino — April 11, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  2. To the ass???? who comented the holocaust is a lie and never happened…..get a grip. Six million people died in holocaust including numerous amounts of my Aunt, Uncles, and Cousins. Why dont you go see the remains of Aushwitz and other camps in Poland.

    Comment by Sarah — September 8, 2012 @ 5:58 am

  3. Any film that mentions the Holoco$t is an instant Oscar winner in Chosen-dominated Hollywood.

    What is also worth considering is that Polish anti-Semitism was augmented by the reaction (collaboration, rejoicing) of Polish Jews in Eastern Poland upon the Soviet invasion in contrast to the non Jews who resisted the Soviets as they did the Germans.
    Yet another example of why, be it Germans, Poles, Balts, or Romanians, the question “why us?” should’ve been asked by Chosen “victims” but never is.

    Comment by schlageter — February 20, 2012 @ 10:54 am

  4. Lemberg was in Austria-Hungary, not Germany

    Comment by schlageter — February 20, 2012 @ 10:49 am

  5. The Holocaust is a Lie and a Fraud!

    Comment by Mike Walker — February 20, 2012 @ 3:57 am

  6. The chilling story of Krystyna Chiger is told in the 1995 book “The Hidden Children” p.26-33; you can read it
    (For some reason, she’s called Kristine Keren.)

    She somehow forgot to mention the suffocating-cum-throwing-of-baby episode alluded to by Black Rabbit, in the 1999 ADL story.

    However, there is a similar incident in the Kim Fendrick’s story, p.60:

    There was one young woman trying to comfort an infant
    who was crying. It was just a tiny baby, but he wouldn’t go to sleep,
    and she couldn’t stop him from crying. Finally she was given a
    choice by the other adults: Take your crying baby and leave—or kill
    the infant. She smothered it. I don’t remember if the mother cried,
    but you didn’t have the luxury of weeping. Life was so precious
    and so cheap at the same time. You did what you could to save

    Thus you’re allowed to kill another human being, be it a jew, even ifyour own child, to save your skin.

    Meanwhile you’re entitled to ceaselessly scold the goyim for not sacrifying their own lives.

    Ain’t it nice to be a jew!

    Comment by Eager for Answers — February 20, 2012 @ 3:49 am

  7. Good video Gasan, thanks for posting that.

    FG, “In Darkness” judging by the video still you’ve posted, is about Krystyna Chiger, whose family spent most of WW2 in the sewers of Lvov.

    I’d expect you’ll see this portrayed in the film:

    “One lady gave birth to a child. They covered this child with a washbasin. It suffocated and was thrown into the Poltwa (a river).”

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — February 19, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

  8. The Germans entered Lvov (Lemberg) on 06/30/1941. Nine days later they had released this newsreel.
    The commentary to the video is a short translation from German

    No further comments are necessary.

    Comment by Gasan — February 19, 2012 @ 11:40 am

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