Brave Old World’s haunting musical program of street songs from the Lodz Ghetto serves as the backdrop of David Kaufman’s definitive new film about the “first and last ghetto” in Poland. The film consists of chilling narrative, stirring concert performances, unforgettable photographs and extensive interviews with survivors of the Holocaust from Lodz.
The film focuses on the lives of two historical figures: the Ghetto’s beloved and popular street-singer, Yankele Herszkowicz and the Nazi-appointed Jewish leader of the ghetto, Chaim Rumkowski. This documentary explores the uplifting role that music and culture played for ghetto dwellers who faced the constant fear of death. This history of the Lodz Ghetto is an extraordinary Holocaust narrative.