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Destination Unknown

Eastern Europe, War, History, Jewish Highlights, Jewish Film, Holocaust
Claire Ferguson
78 minutes



Official Selection Sheffield Int'l Doc/Fest

A masterful documentary
- Ron B. Meier, Executive Director of the American Society for Yad Vashem

Powerful and moving
-Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation

Heart breaking, Inspiring, astounding” - Claire Aguilar, Head of Programming, Sheffield Doc/Fest

Inpiring! Shaya Ben Yehuda, Yad Vashem Israel


Destination Unknown blends intimate testimony with immersive archive to bring the stories of twelve Holocaust survivors to the screen.

The film creates a seamless mosaic of first-hand accounts, rare archive from the time, and family Super 8 footage from after the war. The survivors share their memories, some for the first time, some for the last, bringing their experiences to a new generation.

They endured the death camps. They hid in remote farms. They fought as partisans in Polish forests. But when the war ended, those survivors’ struggles were only just beginning. With the only interview ever recorded of Mietek Pemper, the stenographer for the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp Commandant - Amon Göth and advisor to Oskar Schindler, who previously refused to talk on film, among other incredible personal stories, Destination Unknown paints a uniquely intimate portrait of survival, revealing the pain that has never faded, but cannot crush the human spirit.

Their stories do not end with liberation. We see how they had to survive the chaos that came afterwards, and their attempts to build new lives.

Yad Vashem and the USC Shoah Foundation have fully endorsed the film and the USC Shoah Foundation has come on as a partner.



Claire Ferguson is best known for her work editing feature documentaries such as Nick Broomfield's Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003) and the Grammy-winning Concert for George (2005). Other work includes The End of the Line (2009), Guilty Pleasures (2010), Up in Smoke (2011) and Everything or Nothing (2012). Her directorial work includes The Beatles in Help! and The Concert for Bangladesh Revisited.


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