In Spite of Darkness: A Spiritual Encounter with Auschwitz

Silver Telly Award Winner in Categories: Videography / Cinematography; use of Music and Religious / Spirituality

Redemptive Storyteller Award 2008

Length: 74 min // Poland / Germany

Prize for the Best Documentary at The V. International Catholic Festival of Christian Documentary Films and TV Programs MAGNIFICAT '2009

Synopsis

Every November an interfaith retreat is held at the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps in Poland, where more than 1 million people, nearly all of them European Jews, were exterminated by the Nazis. Why would someone participate in such a retreat? How could anyone attempt to pray or meditate in a place that silences the heart and chills the soul? Filmed over a period of seven days, In Spite of Darkness tells the story of five retreatants—among them, a Rabbi, an atheist, and a Catholic priest—and how they come face to face not only with their own vulnerabilities and complicity but with new strength, peace, and glimmers of hope.

Every November an interfaith retreat is held at the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps in Poland, where more than 1 million people, nearly all of them European Jews, were exterminated by the Nazis. Why would someone participate in such a retreat? How could anyone attempt to pray or meditate in a place that silences the heart and chills the soul?

 

Filmed over a period of seven days, In Spite of Darkness tells the story of five retreatants—among them, a Rabbi, an atheist, and a Catholic priest—and how they come face to face not only with their own vulnerabilities and complicity but with new strength, peace, and glimmers of hope.

Birkenau - Concentration Camp

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In Spite of Darkness: A Spiritual Encounter with Auschwitz

Length: 74 min // Poland/Germany

Silver Telly Award Winner in Categories: Videography / Cinematography; use of Music and Religious / Spirituality

Redemptive Storyteller Award 2008

Prize for the Best Documentary at The V. International Catholic Festival of Christian Documentary Films and TV Programs MAGNIFICAT '2009

Every November an interfaith retreat is held at the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps in Poland, where more than 1 million people, nearly all of them European Jews, were exterminated by the Nazis. Why would someone participate in such a retreat? How could anyone attempt to pray or meditate in a place that silences the heart and chills the soul?

Filmed over a period of seven days, In Spite of Darkness tells the story of five retreatants—among them, a Rabbi, an atheist, and a Catholic priest—and how they come face to face not only with their own vulnerabilities and complicity but with new strength, peace, and glimmers of hope.

Birkenau - Concentration Camp