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  • 10 May 2017

    On the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the remarkable film The Zookeeper's Wife directed by Niki Caro was screened in Vilnius.

    “We meet here today to watch a movie showing a fraction of that story. The story of ordinary inhabitants of Warsaw, and at the same time remarkable Polish people, who were involved in rescuing Jewish people, at a time when hiding Jews was punishable by death”, said Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Lithuania, Jarosław Czubiński said.





    He also reminded the audience about the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in Markowa and emphasized that "each of the Righteous is not only a separate story of sacrifice, heroism, but also one of anxiety and fear for yourself and others."

    The screening was attended by members of Lithuania’s diplomatic corps including the Ambassador of Israel Mr Amir Maimon, British Charge d’Affaires Mr Andy Pearce, Ambassador of the United States of America Mr Horward Todd Solomon, Chair of the Lithuanian Jewish Community Mrs. Faina Kukliansky, representatives of the Jewish Community in Lithuania, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania and others.





    Guests were greeted with daffodils, which are considered to be memorial symbols of the heroes of 1943.

    “Daffodils are a symbol of memory, respect and hope. Linked with the person of Marek Edelman, the last leader of the Jewish Combat Organization, who used to receive flowers from an anonymous person on each anniversary of the uprising in Warsaw” – the Ambassador told the assembled guests.



    The Zookeeper's Wife is a deeply emotional film based on a true story. Antonina Żabińska (Jessica Chastain), the wife of the director of the Warsaw zoological garden, together with her husband, Jan (Johan Heldenbergh), saved dozens of Jews during World War II. Together they helped Jews to escape from the ghetto and provided them with shelter in the deserted zoo. They hid them in empty animal cages or in the basement of their villa (the Żabińskis’ villa). In 1965, Jan and Antonina Żabiński were awarded the title of ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ by the Yad Vashem Institute. The film is based on Diane Ackerman's best-selling book The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story (2007), which drew on Antonina Żabińska s diaries.

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