In darknessDVD - 2011 | Polish
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We have to sell this shxt.
- Not now, the market's bad. This shxt's worth nothing right now. You can buy decent jewelry from a Yid for a few sausages.
I love her.
-So beat her! If you love a woman, beat her!
Do you beat Wanda?
- She beats me!
What's your name?
Perfect name for a thief.
-I know the sewers better than I know my own wife. It's no place for you.
There is no place for us anywhere.
But I know places where it could work. For the right price.
The young one... he's scared, he'll betray us. Never trust a Polack. It's four against two. We can easily finish them off.
-We can't just kill them.
Why not? It's war!
-It'll end in a massacre. Twenty of ours for one of theirs.
No one has to know.
- Forget it. We have no choice!
Mr. Chiger, are you there? Thought we weren't coming, didn't you?
Those poor people. They're offering rewards for turning in Jews. Some people are making a pile.
-God will punish the greedy.
The Jews crucified Jesus. It's written in the Bible: "His blood be upon them and their children." The priest said so.
-That's just church politics. Just think about it. Jews are just the same as us. Our Lady and the apostles, they're all Jews! Even Jesus.
Onions are ten zlotys.
-Last week they were five!
You can afford it, Mr. Socha. A week ago your wife... had no cash and now suddenly you're shopping... for an army.
I never thought I'd miss the ghetto. Unbelievable, isn't it?
-You're welcome to go back!
The Germans are losing, that's obvious. You have to read between the lines.
- The Germans... Mr. Chiger, we all know... you speak their fxcking language.
The language of Heinrich Heine. You should learn it. But I suppose in your view ignorance is bliss.
I've brought food… Take it easy, calm down!... Stop it! Stop pushing!
- That's ours!
Stay calm!... Calm down, you'll kill each other!
- That's our bread!
Take it easy I said.
How do we all fit into this shit hole?
-I didn't promise to take care of every Jew in Lvov. Too many is dangerous.
Exactly how many can be saved?
Make it twelve or fourteen at least!
-Ten, eleven at the most.
I've chosen seven.
-And who made you God, Grossmann?
It was my room. I took all the risk.
- And the idea was mine, too.
Which I'm paying for!
-That makes you better than us? Before the war we'd never have been in the same room! What a joke! Listen to the professor... who refuses to speak Yiddish! All your education didn't buy you any sense. Bringing children into such a hell! You fool! Better to leave them with the Germans.
There's the four of us, Mundek... Klara, Janek, Berestycki... That makes eight. Chaja, Landsberg.
- Why Landsberg? He's a cripple!
At least not a mental cripple! So, Landsberg makes ten... Frankiel eleven.
-- Speak Polish, damn it!
Frankiel is more useful.
--- I'm staying here anyway... I don't trust these Polacks.
There's twelve of us.
-- I said ten.
I'm begging you... Twelve. Like the twelve apostles.
-A Yid wouldn't know, but the twelfth was Judas!
There were always twelve. After Judas there was Matthias.
-Okay, twelve, but that's it!
Thirteen? Fourteen? Sixteen? Give a Jew a finger and he'll take your arm!
- I'm begging you...
No! Eleven or no one. You can always leave your kids behind, if you like, Mrs. Chiger.
We're grateful for all you've done... But 500 a day for only eleven is a lot...
-Out of which I buy all your bread, potatoes and sugar!
Yes, but you still earn...
- A mere 70 zlotys... that I share with Szczepek. You're bargaining over your own life. You're just like any other Yid!
A woman on Peltewna Street could smell fried onions. It came from her toilet. I could smell it myself. Look. They must be here. If we enter the sewer here, it can't be far. Can we get down there?
- Well, yes.
So let's go. Come on, Poldek, let's go! No one knows the sewers better than your husband!
-Listen, I live in a beautiful home. Want to know who gave it to us? Some rich Yid family I never even met!
Poldek, the Germans pay 500 cash for every Jew we catch. Let's hope we'll find some Jews in the sewers. Preferably rich ones.
Hasn't Poldek told you about... Jews, Poldek? We found some Jews in the sewers.
- And you're helping them?
--Wanda... they pay us.
So that's your "raise".
--You said the Jews were just like us. That Jesus was a Jew.
This is different.
-- I did it for you and Stefcia!
Don't you dare say you did it for us!
Don't you touch me!
Stop this damned praying! God isn't here!
I thought you were going to sell them (jewelries.) I won't be coming back. I'm risking my life, my family's life, for what? Complaints and accusations. And now this betrayal. Enough. This is too much. Szczepek was right.
I can't go on anymore.
- Yes, you can. You must go on. You will! If you don't live, I don't live either. And I plan on living a long and happy life.
You look a little too healthy. Maybe you're a partisan.
- Partisan? Can't you see I'm a Jew?
There are Jewish partisans.
Have you heard? The Germans have been having their fun. They hanged ten Poles in revenge... for a single German soldier.
-A German soldier?
But they weren't satisfied, so they shot 40 more people. Or maybe 50, all good, God-fearing Poles. You know, whoever killed that soldier is a hero to me... but the innocent always have to suffer.
I'm going to have a baby.
I'm going to have a baby. I'm sorry. I'm sorry!
--Ours. Do you understand? It's ours. All of ours!
Mr. Socha, we can't pay you anymore. Friday's payment was the last. We have nothing left. Nothing.
-Mr. Chiger...Do the others know? I didn't want them to panic. Alright. (Socha put a roll of money in Chiger’s hands.) Here's next Friday's payment. Pay me in front of the others. I don't want them to think I'm a sucker who's doing all this for nothing.
Poldek! Socha! These tools must be worth a lot, for you to leave your daughter's communion! Are these your tools? Or were you trying to save the rats? Is that it? Were you saving the rats?
- I don't know what you mean.
This whole time you've been hiding Yids right under my nose.
Dear God... where did you come from?
-From the dead, sir... From the dead.
On May 1 2, 1 945, Leopold was killed, saving his daughter from an out-of-control Russian army truck. At his funeral, someone said, “It's God's punishment for helping the Jews." As if we need God to punish each other.
Krystyna Chiger grew up to write her memoir, “The Girl in the Green Sweater", published in 2008. She and the others suvivors escaped Soviet Lvov for Israel, Europe and the United States. Leopold and Wanda (Magdalena) Socha are among more than 6,000 Poles honored by Israel as The Righteous Among The Nations. This film is dedicated to all of them.
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