My most recent project as a consultant is a documentary called “The Touch of
an Angel”, directed by Marek Tomasz Pawlowski. It premiered in 2015 and presents
previously unknown facts about the Holocaust. Film is a very personal, poetic memoir of Henryk Schönker, a deaf man who returns to the places where he found refuge
during World War II. He recalls in vivid detail how he
and his family struggled to escape Nazi persecution. The
narrator is the only eyewitness who can confirm the existence of the Bureau for
Jewish Emigration to Palestine, an office founded in the city of Auschwitz, a ray
of hope that didn’t last long. If the emigration had been successful and the
world had embraced Jews, the city of Auschwitz would be a symbol of salvation
today, rather than one of annihilation. The film poses difficult questions
of timeless significance: had other countries been willing to accept Jewish
refugees, how many could have been saved?
The film took
five years of extensive investigation and production. We found the evidence of the activities of the Jewish Emigration Bureau in Poland, at Yad Vashem in Israel, and
in the US, where bureau’s documents were submitted simultaneously in 1939 to the American Jewish Joint Distribution
We investigated all Schoenker’s stories. All of them proved to be true in every detail. All hiding places have been identified and were used in the film. All
persons and places were described by the narrator with a photographic memory.
The film was shown at the Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles and at the Quad in New York in January 2015, it is now formally submitted to AMPAS for 2015. It has been well received by critics and audiences alike and is being presented at many international film festivals all over the world. Currently we are working on its promotion.
Offer, NYC Movie Guru: Every account
from a Holocaust survivor is necessary in order to preserve the memory of such
a horrifying event from the past. At a running time of just about 1 hour, The
Touch of Angel manages to be emotionally resonating, gripping and vital.
Andrzej Fidyk, TVP: It’s really a topnotch film and deserves a discerning
viewing, as well as a far-reaching presence in major film festivals and events
around the world.
Amy Zucker Morgenstern, Unitarian
Universalist Church: One of the most powerful films I've ever
seen. Well-constructed and visually beautiful. Thinking about all the people who
are threatened by genocide or war now, or are refugees, it's a call to my
conscience not to be silent.
David Noh, Film Journal: Few survivors’ stories can match that of Henryk Schönker. Pawlowski embellishes his words with reconfigured period photographs and re-enactments which, for once, due to his low-key and unmelodramatic approach, add to Schönker's simple yet elementally powerful words.