Join JRC's Peace Task Force in welcoming the documentary film The Return, and its filmmaker, Adam Zucker, to JRC! Enjoy a special viewing of this new documentary chronicling the current state of Polish Judaism, and then have the unique experience of discussing the film with its creator, award-winning director and editor Adam Zucker.
Before World War Two, Poland’s 3.5 million Jews made the country the epicenter of the Jewish world. Today around 20,000 Jews live there. Due to the shadow of the Holocaust and oppression during the Soviet era, Poland’s remaining Jews hid their identity from their children. When Communism fell in 1989, the door to the past began to crack open and a buried ancestry was revealed to today’s 20-somethings. The Return focuses on four women in their 20’s who face the unique challenge of trying to forge an identity in a vacuum, with little knowledge of their heritage.
The Return explores the unique reality of being Jewish in Poland today: an entire generation of Jewish Poles were raised Catholic only to discover they were Jewish in their teens. The film follows their struggle to create a living Jewish identity and community within the country that was once the epicenter of the Jewish world.