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Destination Unknown

Europe, War, History, Jewish Highlights, Jewish Film, Holocaust

81 minutes



Official Selection Sheffield Int'l Doc/Fest

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A powerful, valuable addition to holocaust testimony
- The Guardian

An accomplished and heartrending documentary.

This film is amongst the best responses to the Nazis' attempt to exterminate the Jewish people.
- Branko Lustig, Producer, Schindler's List

★ ★ ★ ★ What gives Destination Unknown its power is the focus on the trauma endured by the survivors
- The Independent

★ ★ ★ ★ Gripping testimony
- The Times

A far-reaching work
- Sight & Sound

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

Observer article- ‘Destination Unknown’ Reminds Us That No Amount of Time Can Mask a Tragedy

The Guardian - Peter Bradshaw nominates his films of the year.


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.



Llion Roberts
(Producer / Director of Cinematography, Interviews and Locations)

Llion interviewed the testimonies of the Holocaust Survivors featured in 'Destination Unknown' over a thirteen year period (2003 -2016) He also directed the filming crew. Work within the same period includes live transmission output for mainstream Television, including ITV, BBC Network, Channel 4, S4C, Sky Box-Office, ESPN and UK regional channels. Co-Pioneered Digital Satellite Newsgathering during the early nineties, with Gigatel co-director, Rob Law.

Claire Ferguson

Claire 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.


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

Inpiring! Shaya Ben Yehuda, Yad Vashem Israel

Extremely powerful and moving... meticulously put together. - Flickering Myth

Powerful. Quite amazing. - Skint London

Moving, powerful and tender. - Bookanista

Incredibly moving - Evening Standard

A quietly powerful tribute. - Theatre Perform

Holocaust survivor on why we can never forget via CNN


Destination Unknown - Educational Use


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