This is a beautifully-filmed modern black-and-white movie about the Holocaust in Poland during WWII. Some Polish peasants killed Jews and took over their property. In a few cases villagers attacked their Jewish populations and killed them en mass. Others, such as the convent shown in the film, hid Jewish children and saved them. In this story Ida was raised as a Christian with no knowledge of her Jewish heritage until just before she was to take her vows to become a nun. While none of the characters are historical, the events told by the movie show important truths about a particular time in history. Ida is too slow moving and abstact for most k-12 students and no Learning Guide has been prepared for the film. TWM does recommend the film for college level.


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