After escaping a ghetto in German-occupied Poland and losing her family at the outset of the Holocaust, a young girl named Sara hides in plain sight, passing as an Orthodox Christian in the Ukrainian countryside, where she is taken in by a farmer and his young wife. She soon discovers the dark secrets of her employers’ marriage, compounding the greatest secret she must strive to protect: her true identity.
Follow her journey in “My Name is Sara,” an award-winning film not yet released in theaters. The film, directed by Steven Oritt and starring Polish actress Zuzanna Surowy, is based on the true story of 13-year-old Sara Goralnik and was produced in association with USC Shoah Foundation.
This exclusive program, co-presented by the Museum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation, will include a panel discussion exploring the film with Oritt, Surowy, Executive Producer Andy Intrater, Sara Goralnik’s son and Co-Executive Producer Mickey Shapiro, and Museum President & CEO Jack Kliger. Attendees will also receive a private link to screen the film during the four-day period before the program.
Public programming at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act; and other generous donors.