help us interview a world war II veteran!
We have recently found the last living member of the American military unit that disrupted some of the death marches from Ravensbrück and its satellite camps in Germany during April of 1945. The arrival of the Americans and their tanks scared off the German guards, ultimately saving the lives of many of the women. As described by one of the Ravensbruck survivors, Alicja:
The death march lasted two weeks. Women fell along the way, who could not continue marching. All those who fell to the ground would get shot. After some time, we were marched to the town of Parchim. And they told us we could sit down on the grass…And all of a sudden, I heard the sound of many engines…and I saw the Allied forces' tanks. I saw freedom.
An American soldier came up to me and extended his hand. I got up with his help and he led me to one of the houses, one of the residences. Only an older woman was there, no one else, because that where the Soviet soldiers were supposed to come in. All of the people fled to the West, young families and children all left. And the soldier went with me to that house and told the old lady to let me bathe because I was all black and dirty. I was still wearing that prison suit, which was now covered in insects. And he told her to give me something to drink, but only something to drink, no food whatsoever. And he opened the wardrobe and told me: "Choose what you want." And I peeked into the wardrobe and saw a blouse, light blouse, white with colorful flowers. And this blouse charmed me. I forgot about everything. It felt like a miracle. And I asked for that blouse and they gave it to me. I put it on. It had these beautiful wide sleeves, and it was gorgeous. And I went outside, and I lifted my arms and it was sunny and windy. And the wind moved the sleeves and it felt like I was flying. And I felt this overwhelming joy. I thought that I must've lost my mind. And I felt like a young woman again.
The Ravensbrück survivors we spoke to mentioned time and time again the kindness of the American GIs they encountered. We began searching over a year ago for these soldiers and were thrilled to recently find Arthur Bleiwas, an Orthodox Jewish WWII veteran from New York. Arthur has never forgotten his mission - or his conversation with a Ravensbrück survivor during April 1945. He is willing and able to tell us his story - but we can't do it without your help!
Your donations will cover the cost of the crew (excluding the Producer/Director), the camera and lighting rental, and the travel to his home in New York. Please know how grateful we are for your support.
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