With the recently passed Polish laws restricting speech about Polish involvement or complacency in the Holocaust, I wondered if this sentiment of victimhood has been present since the end of World War II or if it is a result of the recent right-wing resurgence in the country. I feel that Border Street, being made only a few years following the events of the Holocaust, would provide insight as to how Poles felt immediately following the genocide that took place. Without as much time for the nation to process their collective emotions, would an artistic reflection let through more truth than we’d see today? Or, with wounds not yet scabbed, would blame still be levied completely against the Nazi occupiers?
Through attendance of this film series I have learned a lot about the realities of the Holocaust and gained a new insight in to the current Polish political landscape. While the Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series has completed all of its screenings for this schoolyear, the organizers have expressed interest in hosting a similar series of events in the future. If you are in the Champaign-Urbana area and are interested in this idea, reach out to Lizy Mostowski or Diana Sacilowski for information on future events of this nature.
Anna Misiak, "Politically Involved Filmmaker: Aleksander Ford and Film Censorship in Poland after 1945", Kinema, 2003