Healing Voices (Canada, Germany, Poland, 24 min)
Directed by Riva Finklestein
Healing Voices follows two Holocaust survivors on a rare emotional journey to Holocaust sites in Poland and Germany as they share their stories and pass down the torch of remembrance to a diverse group of Canadian university students.
Faigie Libman is a 74-year-old retired teacher living in Toronto, Canada. She is also one of the youngest Holocaust survivors from Kaunas, Lithuania. In 1945 she was merely 11 years old when she and her mother were liberated on German soil after pushing their way through ghettos, concentration camps and slave labor camps. Now in 2009 Faigie returns to Germany for the very first time since her liberation where she will confront her traumatic memories from the Holocaust.
Pinchas Gutter is another Holocaust survivor who is on the trip. Pinchas was born in Lodz, Poland, and as a young boy he lived through the Warsaw ghetto and horrific conditions in concentration camps. Pinchas has returned to these sites sites several times before yet he continues to struggle with the brutal destruction of his Jewish heritage from Poland and loss of his entire family who were all murdered in Majdanek Concentration Camp.
Both Faigie and Pinchas go on this difficult journey to pass down their stories to a generation of young adults of diverse cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. By doing so, Faigie and Pinchas not only teach the lessons of the Holocaust, but they also provide insight on human suffering, compassion, and the strength of the human spirit