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Of Stars and Smoke: Please Help Us Tell This Story
$297 raised
6% of $5k goal
5 contributors
4 Years running
My family & I are going to Poland to meet the last member of the family who risked their own lives to hide my father from the Nazis. This documentary follows our journey to make peace with the past and come to terms with our shared legacy of survivorship.

Only a month ago, my mother surprised me with an e-mail inviting me to a ceremony in Warsaw in June to honour the Polish family who sheltered my infant father during WWII as “Righteous Among the Nations.”

Until this correspondence, I had no idea that we had any living connection to those who hid my infant father from the Nazis. I had never heard their names, nor was there any other indication that they existed – or that if they were “out there” somewhere that we might, one day, be in contact.

I knew immediately this would be a monumental trip for my family and a rare window into a fleeting moment in history – I simply had to tell this story. I dropped everything to work on making this vision a reality.

After a lifetime of wondering in vain, I finally have an opportunity to meet the woman who was my father's foster-sister for the first years of his life; to put names, faces and stories to the mystery of his Holocaust survivorship.

In listening to, and weaving together, these stories, I aim to honour the unspoken narratives in a family history steeped in “captial-H” History.

This film will follow me and my family on a journey that spans decades, continents and generations.

Here's how you can help

We have less than a month in which to pull together the required resources and funding to start filming.

Our current goal is to raise $5000 prior to departure to cover our basic production expenses during this trip.  If you are in a position to make a financial contribution to help us cover these initial expenses, please click here to donate online (Paypal or Credit Card), donate to our Fundrazr campaign, or send an e-transfer or Interac payment to <> – no amount is too big or small, everything helps!

Learn more about the project here or follow us on facebook and please help us spread the word!

Thanks so much :)

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