A Promise Kept

In 1944, during the Second World War, thirteen year old Fritzie Fritzshall, her mother, and her two younger brothers were arrested at gunpoint and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center. Separated from her mother and brothers during selection, never to see them again, Fritzie survived for months inside one of the Nazi’s most notorious camps. Working as a slave laborer in a nearby factory, Fritzie was imprisoned with 599 other women. Each night the women would share with Fritzie a precious crumb of their bread in the hope that the youngest among them might survive to tell the world what had happened to them. In turn, Fritzie promised that if she survived, she would tell their story.

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Credits

Directors:

Ken Winikur, Ariel Efron, Creative Director

Executive Producer:

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Susan Abrams, Kelley Szany

Producer:

Susan Abrams, Kelley Szany. VR Producers: Chris Healer, Matt Fleischer, Lewis Smithingham, Julina Tatlock, Jed Weintrob

Screenwriter:

Susan Abrams, Ariel Efron, Kelley Szany, Ken Winikur

Cinematographer:

Konstanty Kulik

Editor:

Stephen LoVerme, Zalika Corbett

Sound Designer:

Louis Gordon, Robin Shore

Music:

Luke Allen

Principal Cast:

Fritzie Fritzshall

Additional Credits:

Director of Photography: Shawn Dufraine, VR Producer: Chris Healer, Matt Fleischer, Lewis Smithingham, Julina Tatlock, Jed Weintrob, VR Post Production: Dawid Korzan, Tomasz Sokolowski, Lead 3D Scanning Artist: Michal Mierzejewski, Ukraine Location Coordinator: Ollie Shor

Contact

Public Film Contact:

Kelley Szany
Illinois Holocaust Museum
kelley.szany@ilhmec.org

Publicity Contact:

Marcy Larson
Marcy.Larson@ilhmec.org
847-967-4823

Details

Primary Entry:
Platinum Badge
Film Badge
Secondary Entry:
Music Badge
Interactive Badge
Film Festival Wristband
Year:

2020

Premiere Status:

World Premiere

Genres:

Biography, Documentary, History, Hybrid, War

Screening Section:

Virtual Cinema Competition

Screening Category:

Virtual Cinema

Language:

English

Runtime:

14 mins