We Owe Him Our Lives

Director: Andrzej Marek Drążewski

written, directed and edited by A. Marek Drążewski photography Jacek Knopp, Łukasz Nowicki sound Jacek Stępiński co-diection Tomasz Drążewski, Kamil Skałkowski production manager Mariusz Tomasz Skałkowski cast Helmut Hosenfeld, Anemone Hosenfeld, Detlev Hosenfeld, Jorinde Krejci, Uta Hosenfeld, Tadeusz Cieciora, Joachim Prut, Władysław Szpilman, prof. Leon Kieres, prof. Witold Kulesza produced by Kalejdoskop Film Studio, ul. Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, tel. +48 22 841 21 35, e-mail: studio@kalejdoskop.art.pl, www.kalejdoskop.art.pl; TVN executive producer Janusz Skałkowski, e-mail: skalkowski@kalejdoskop.art.pl co-financing Polish Film Institute

46′
Poland 2008

We Owe Him Our Lives is a portrait of Wilhelm Hosenfeld, who helped to save the lives of several Jews and Poles during World War Ii, among them composer and pianist Władysław Szpilman.

Hosenfeld, a zealous Catholic, had from the beginning opposed the repressions perpetrated by the Nazis. He died in 1952 in a Soviet gulag near Stalingrad; Szpilman’s attempts to gain his release was not successful. He was posthumously honoured with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of “Polonia Restituta” and the title “Righteous Among the Nations” awarded by Israel..

 

Translated by Monika Miziniak | Edited by Patricia Koza