The Passenger: A Film about a World War II Concentration Camp; Presenter: PACB Member Tomasz Wdowik
In order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II in Poland, Tomasz will show an hour-long film about life in the concentration camp in Auschwitz.
In The Passenger, Lisa, a former Auschwitz POW, and her husband, Walter, are traveling on a ship from Hamburg to Rio de Janeiro about 15 years after the war. One of the other passengers reminds Lisa of Marta, a fellow prisoner she knew at Auschwitz. In flashbacks to the camp, Lisa tells Walter how she helped Marta when she was sick and how she arranged for Marta and her lover, Tadeusz, to remain together in the same camp. As the story progresses, Lisa's insights grow deeper and she reveals that her motivation for helping Marta and Tadeusz was to show that she had the power to control her captors. The film is appropriate for people 15 years and older.
Prior to showing the film, Mr. Wdowik will speak briefly about the story's author, Zofia Posmysz, who was herself a prisoner at Auschwitz and he will tell how the story was transformed into a movie, a novel, and an opera.
Tomasz is a member of the club's program committee. A native of Poland and a Ph.D. student in chemistry at UB, he is also a member of UB's Polish Student Association.