Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust

Menachem Daum passes on the lessons he learned from his parents’ post-Holocaust crisis of faith to his own children and grandchildren.

Premiere Date
August 30, 2005
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2004 North American Interfaith Film Festival -Best Interfaith Film
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    2004 International Documentary Association (IDA)-Award Nomination
  • Producer/Director

    Menachem Daum

    Menachem Daum is co-producer and co-director, with Oren Rudavsky, of the Emmy nominated A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. For years he has been conducting an oral history project among elderly survivors of the Holocaust and has written extensively on the subject. Also research director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College for more than 12 years, Daum produced and directed In Care Of, also Emmy nominated, about the dilemmas facing families caring for the elderly, and Stay Tuned: The Challenge of Hearing Loss for the National Institute of Health. Early in life, Daum pursued Talmudic studies at Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem. He went on to receive a master’s degree from Fairfield University and a PhD in Educational Psychology from Fordham University. He and his wife, Rifka, have lived in the Hasidic neighborhood of Boro Park, Brooklyn, for the past 36 years.

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    The Film

    Is it possible to heal wounds and bitterness passed down through generations? An Orthodox Jewish father tries to alert his adult sons to the dangers of creating impenetrable barriers between themselves and those outside their faith. He takes them on an emotional journey to Poland to track down the family who risked their lives to hide their grandfather for more than two years during World War II. Like many children of survivors, the sons feel that Poland is a country that is incurably anti-Semitic, but it is precisely here that they meet people who personify the highest levels of compassion. Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust explores the Holocaust’s effect on faith in God as well as faith in our fellow human beings.

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