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(40 min., DVD/BETA, color, 2009)
  • Directed by: Frank Stiefel
  • Produced by: Frank Stiefel
  • Language: English and German with English subtitles


A mix of first person narrative in spoken English and ASL, archival footage, verite footage, and simple re creations, this film is a remarkable and uplifting story of personal and emotional freedom told by a unique storyteller who despite her deafness, eloquently expresses the horror and confusion of a childhood played against the terrifying rise of the Third Reich.



  • Best Film Award - Toronto Jewish Film Festival, 2011
  • President's Choice Award - Shreveport Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2010


  • Breaking Down Barriers International Film Festival, Russia, 2012
  • The Other International Film Festival, Australia, 2012
  • Young Israel Of Scarsdale Synagogue, USA, 2012
  • Temple Beth Am, USA, 2012
  • Congregation Beth Am, USA, 2012
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2011
  • East Bay Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2011
  • Holocaust Memorial Day at the Manhattan JCC in Collaboration with HBO, 2011
  • Michael and Susan Dell JCC, Austin, 2011
  • Zagreb Jewish Film Festival, Croatia, 2011
  • Geneva Jewish Film Festival, Switzerland, 2011
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, 2011
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2011
  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2011
  • Tolerance International Film Festival, USA, 2010
  • Honolulu Jewish Film Festival, 2010
  • Shreveport Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2010
  • Mississippi International Film Festival, USA, 2010
  • UK Jewish Film Festival, 2010
  • Berlinale Internationale Film Festival Germany, 2010
  • International Film Festival Ireland, 2010
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival USA, 2010
  • Mendocino Film Festival USA, 2010
  • DocAviv Israel ,2010
  • Sarasota Film Festival USA, 2010
  • Tallahassee Film Festival USA, 2010
  • Women’s International Film & Arts Festival USA 2010
  • Museum Of Modern Art: Documentary Fortnight Showcase USA 2010
  • International Film Festival South Africa, 2009
  • Ft Lauderdale Film Festival USA, 2009
  • Mill Valley Film Festival USA, 2009
  • IDA DocuWeeks Showcase, USA 2009


  • Baltimore Center for Jewish Education
  • Library of Congress
  • The Jewish Museum at NYC
  • Maryland University
  • Konstanz University, Germany
  • Duke university
  • The College of New Jersey Library
  • Yad VaShem Visual Center
  • Yale University
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Temple Beth Am Library, FL
  • Nashville Public Library
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Manchester University
  • University of Leeds
  • Harvard University

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Frank Stiefel’s documentary focuses on his mother, Ingelore Herz Honigstein, who was born to a Jewish family in Kuppenheim, Germany, in 1924. Initially rejected by her parents because she was deaf, Ingelore learned to speak via a foster parent who was a professional speech therapist. Although an education at a school for deaf children would open her horizons, by 1938 she was expelled due to Nazi anti-Semitic policies. Ingelore was able to transfer to a school for Jewish deaf children in Berlin, but one evening she was raped by two soldiers who discovered her on the street after curfew. Ingelore and her family managed to gain visas to America—although the U.S. consulate was initially unsympathetic about granting refuge to a deaf person—but faced a new problem when she discovered that she was impregnated by one of her rapists. Ingelore narrates her story in a studio setting, recounting her odyssey with uncommon eloquence via both sign language and speech. She also makes an emotional journey to her German hometown, where she visits the location of a family hardware store that was confiscated by the Nazis. Broadcast on HBO last year, Ingelore is a heartbreaking story that nevertheless underscores one woman’s resilience and indefatigable spirit. Highly recommended.

The Video Librarian, May, 2012

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"A deeply moving documentary, Ingelore tells the story of a German Jew, born in 1924, who triumphed over misfortune, adversity, and a physical handicap. Born to Jewish parents in Kuppenheim, Germany, Inglore Herz was deaf and mute. Not knowing what to do with such a child, her parents basically ignored her and made no effort to communicate with her."

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