Rutka - A Diary of the Holocaust
See the extraordinary tale of a 14 year old Polish girl, Rutka Laskier, who was murdered at Auschwitz in 1943.
In 2005, the school notebook in which Rutka recorded her last months in the ghetto of Bedzin was made public, six decades after she hid it under the floorboards of her home there. Rutka was immediately dubbed the ‘Polish Anne Frank’. In her diary, Rutka details her life in the ghetto in 1943 – not just the Nazi atrocities and physical hardship but also how she was developing as a young woman, and her first steps towards relationships with boys. She also tells of how she made a daring escape from one of the early ‘aktions’ - Nazi round-ups of Jews for transportation.
The documentary reveals Rutka’s story through the eyes of her half-sister, Israeli academic Zahava Scherz, on a journey to discover the life Rutka led in Bedzin before the Holocaust.