Germany | 82 minutes | 2022
Adam & Ida
For the first time in their lives, Polish-Jewish twins Adam and Ida Paluch tell their incredible story of being separated at the age of three and surviving the Holocaust, growing up knowing almost nothing about each other and their family roots. Told through interviews and brilliant animation illustrating their memories, the film presents their lifelong quest to find out about their Jewish identity. Separated during the Holocaust, Adam survived a concentration camp and was later adopted, while Ida survived the war hidden by a Polish couple. Both children were baptized, issued fake birth certificates with new names, and grew up Catholic. It seemed all but impossible that they would ever find each other again and reunite. Yet, throughout all of their lives, both twins had always felt “something missing.” Following a 53-year-long journey that took them around the globe, one day Ida believes she recognizes her brother in a newspaper photo that resembles her grandfather. When the two strangers finally meet, they are convinced they have found each other at last.
Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Jan Tenhaven. To view the conversation please click here.
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Directed by Jan Tenhaven