On the occasion of the 84th Remembrance Day of the November Pogrom of 1938, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, Humanity in Action is pleased to announce that its short animated documentaries, Two Trees in Jerusalem and My Father’s War, produced with the generous support of the Alfred Landecker Foundation, are now available online on YouTube.
- Two Trees in Jerusalem (English version): Full film on YouTube with subtitles in English, German, Polish, Hebrew, Ukrainian and Russian;
- Zwei Bäume in Jerusalem (German version): Full film on YouTube with German subtitles;
- My Father’s War (English version): Full film on YouTube with subtitles in English, Dutch, German, Polish, Hebrew and Ukrainian;
- Clips from interviews with the films’ protagonists Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen and Peter Hein, and film director Juan Pablo de Gamboa in our exclusive behind-the-scenes series.
As we push deeper into the 21st century, humanity faces an inflection point; as the last survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and the Second World War leave us, they take with them their personal memories of one of humanity’s darkest chapters.
Yet in the face of unfathomable horror, fleeting moments of bravery and generosity remind us of our capacity for courage and compassion. Our trilogy, Traces: Portraits of Resistance, Survival and Resolve, which also includes the film Voices in the Void, brings three such histories to life and new audiences.
In addition to the films, Humanity in Action has also developed a collection of tools and resources to enrich the viewing experience of the films For Two Trees in Jerusalem and My Father’s War in classrooms and in non-formal educational settings.
The materials are designed to inspire educators working in a wide range of organizations and institutions to create engaging lesson plans adaptable to different national contexts, age groups and teaching goals.
The materials are available in English, German, Polish and Hebrew.
We invite educators to organize their own screenings and make use of the accompanying resources on these difficult subjects to create meaningful, thought-provoking, empathy-based engaging exchange with and among students.