Polish Doc in Swedish Parliament

On January 20, the Swedish parliament will watch the documentary Rachunek szczęścia (In Fortune’s Debt), written by Andrzej Bart and directed by Ireneusz Dobrowolski. This event will mark the film’s Scandinavian premiere.


The film tells the story of acclaimed pianist Stella Czajkowska. She recalls her childhood in the 1930s, which she spent in the Free City of Danzig. This Jewish girl, a student at a German conservatory, did not notice the growing activity of the Hitlerjugend in the streets of the city. She managed to survive the war, but did not avoid the horrors of the Łódź ghetto and being transported to the death camps of Auschwitz. A temporary failure in the gas chamber was what saved her life.

After the war she lived in Sweden, where as a Gothenburg university professor she also held lectures about the Holocaust for young Swedes. One of her students was Andres Hoegstroem, who later commissioned the theft of the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign from Auschwitz.

The film biography of Stella Czajkowska is illustrated by a series of collages that combine animated sequences with archive footage and drawings.

The screening is organized to commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. The man behind the idea was Leo Kantor, journalist, creator and longtime director of the “Humanity in the World” documentary film festival in Stockholm, who currently chairs the International Culture Forum in Sweden.

Press release

Translated by Karolina Kołtun

10.01.2011