Dir. Michal Jaskulski & Lawrence Loewinger (Poland & USA, 2016, 83 min.)
In a story that begins with murder and ends with reconciliation, one man persuades the people of Kielce, Poland, to confront the truth about the darkest moment in their past—Kielce was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom. In 1946, 40 Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building were murdered by townspeople. Communist authorities suppressed the story, leaving the town deeply embittered.
To Bogdan Bialek, a Catholic Pole, anti-Semitism is a sin. This conviction is the animating force of his life. Conflict over the pogrom was still a festering wound when Bialek moved to Kielce in the late 70s. Trained as a psychologist, he made it his life’s work to both persuade people to embrace their past and to reconnect the city with the international Jewish community.
Screening followed by Q&A with:
Bogdan Bielak, Protagonist, Bogdan's Journey
Prof. Jan Tomasz Gross, Professor of War and Society, Princeton University
Michael Jaskulski, Director, Bogdan's Journey
Lawrence Loewinger, Director, Bogdan's Journey
Moderated by Prof. Elzbieta Matynia, Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies, the New School for Social Research