An attempt to deal with the painful events of 1968 – the outburst of an anti-Semitic hysteria which led to a mass emigration of Polish Jews. For two decades, emigrants have been meeting in Ashkelon, an Israeli city by the Mediterranean Sea. Thirty-seven years have passed since they left Poland, but it’s still present in their homes. The emigrants’ stories are enriched with unique archival materials.
The end of the 1960s and the beginning of an academic year. Students notice that a few names are missing from the list. Józef Moneta intervenes and gets involved in a number of risky endeavours that won’t bode well for his future.
Polish province in the early spring of 1968. The rhythm of high school life – on the one hand, classes and official celebrations, but on the other hand parties, first loves, wine and cigarettes – is getting more and more disturbed by politics. For the young characters, the anti-Semitic campaign becomes a bitter lesson and a test for friendship resulting in the first painful goodbyes in their lives.
Farewell To My Country
Memories and stories of people who were forced to leave Poland due to their Jewish origins after the turmoil of 1968. A documentary about the silent elimination of the Jewish community by the ruthless Communist regime. Using some extraordinary, never-seen-before footage, Krakowski reveals the trauma of emigrants harassed by the state.
Seven Jews From My Class
After many years, several people banished from Poland in 1968 meet in their fatherland for a friendly reunion. They talk about how they felt when they were leaving the country and what happened next. The trials of the anti-Semitic witch-hunt made them question their nationality. Are they Poles?
A film joke with an autobiographical twist. A story about the anti-Semitic hysteria sparked by the speech delivered by the chief of Polish Communists, Gomulka, resulting in the emigration of 15 000 people at the end of the 1960s; the father of the director among them.