FIRST PRIZE Jewish Video Competition (1994)
GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD Cine (1995)
Thousands of Jewish children lived in the Polish city of Bedzin before the Holocaust. Barely a dozen survived the community’s destruction. Through interviews, rare archival film and photos, this critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary tells the story of three of these children - Ada, Shulamit, and the filmmaker herself, Mira. These women recount their memories of a childhood spent hiding from the Nazis and reflect on the courage of those individuals and families who helped them survive.
The film not only documents a tragic historical period but also examines the complexity of human nature, undermining stereotypes about the behavior of Jews, Poles, and even some Germans during the era. The film’s story involves Alfred Rossner, a German businessman who, like Oskar Schindler, employed forced Jewish labor and saved Jewish lives, but who, unlike Schindler, was not a Nazi Party member and paid with his life for his actions.
“An impressive piece of work... an expert interweaving of diverse strands of Holocaust reality that allows us to cherish the few Jewish lives that have been saved without losing sight of the infinitely greater Jewish community that has been lost.”
- Lawrence Langer, Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory
“Brave, sad, heroic, moving, remarkable.... an hour-long documentary that will shatter you and perhaps leave you in tears, but is so compelling that you will never turn away until the last frame fades to black."
- New Jersey Star-Ledger
Interview with Filmmaker Mira Reym Binford | Jewish Ledger (05/15/2012)
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Diamonds in the Snow
USA, 1994, 59 minutes, color
Directed by Mira Reym Binford
Public exhibition formats: 16mm, DVD