SKU 3402

WITHOUT A HOME (1939) (On a Heym) * with hard-encoded English subtitles *

Aleksander Marten, Jacob Gordin, Alter Kacyzne, Aleksander Marten, Ida Kaminska, Adam Domb

In this last, Yiddish film made in Poland before the outbreak of the Second World War, Without a Home is the story of separation and hardship faced by immigrants to America at the turn of the 19th into the 20th Century.  It focuses on the bleak prospects for the survival of traditional Jewish family values in the story of the Rivkin famliy.  When their eldest son is found drowned, the father leaves his family in Europe and moves to America.  But he finds only financial hardship and loneliness there, while struggling to find a way to bring his family over.  The film, based on a 1907 work by Jacob Gordin, was meant to symbolize the uprooted Jewish family and its difficulty in adjusting to a new life in a new home.  By extension, this applied as well to the Jewish people, constantly uprooted and expelled throughout European history.  Considering the ever-increasing anti-Semitism in Poland and the threat of Nazi aggression against its eastern neighbor, it couldn't have been lost on Polish Jews who saw the film, that its final message of "May we never be without a home again" might apply to them very soon.

DVD-R is in Yiddish with hard-encoded English subtitles.  Approx. 84 mins. + 8 mins. of footage about re-settlement into the Warsaw and Krakau Ghettoes.  

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