Wolbrom: My Father’s Hometown in Poland

Directed By: Haya Newman (First Feature Film) / 39 Minutes
Canada / 2015 / Polish (English Subtitles)
Documentary / Biography
Territory Rights: WORLD-WIDE
Exhibition Format: Prores/QT


The director’s account of her discovery of the hometown in Poland her father fled to escape Nazi persecution and annexation during the Holocaust.

In 2005, the director and her husband took an emotionally wrenching journey back to her father’s hometown of Wolbrom to capture eyewitness accounts of the removal and extermination of the town’s Jewish peoples. To this end, the director interviewed a number of elderly townsfolk to gather their remembrances and recollections of their Jewish neighbours before the wartime incursion. Of particular interest is that some of these folk took the time to escort the director and her husband to sites representing the tragedy and hardship experienced by the Jews at the hands of the Nazi’s and collaborating Polish people.