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Sunday, January 14 at 4:00pm Michael-Ann Russell JCC
Streaming January 15-24, 2024 Digital Screening Room

USA | 88 minutes | 2023

999: The Forgotten Girls of the Holocaust

Southeast US Premiere

999: The Forgotten Girls of the Holocaust reveals the untold story of 999 unmarried, young Jewish women initially registered for government service in a purported shoe factory, only to be tragically sent to Auschwitz. Who were these young women? Why were they chosen? How did a handful survive over three years in the death camps? 94-year-old Edith Grosman — #1970 — and other survivors reveal the truth of this almost completely ignored piece of women's history, the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz. Heather Dune Macadam, director and author of the international best-sellers, "999-The Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz" and "Rena’s Promise: Two Sisters in Auschwitz," has spent the past 11 years interviewing survivors all over the world, who were in their 90s — only five of whom are still alive today. Digging through family and government archives, she unearthed ground-breaking research, revealing this never-before-told story. Told from a uniquely female perspective, this sorority of survival asks the poignant question: why were girls targeted first?

The special premiere event will feature director Heather Dune Macadam in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A afterward.

Director's Bio

Directed by Heather Dune Macadam

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Heather Dune Macadam is the Award-winning author of the international best-seller, "999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Transport to Auschwitz” and is the foremost US scholar on the first Jewish Transport to Auschwitz. Her critically acclaimed book has been translated into nineteen languages and was a Pen Award Finalist for Biography. Her work discovering lost girls and young women of the Holocaust has been recognized by Yad Vashem in the UK, the USC Shoah Foundation, and the Memorial Museum of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, the New York Times, the Guardian, NPR, and other major media outlets.

Cast and Credits


Heather Dune Macadam


Heather Dune Macadam


Stephen Hopkins


Beatriz Calleja


Edith Grosman

Film Info






88 minutes


English, German, Hebrew, Slovak with English subtitles
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