Buried Prayers (2011)



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In April and May 1943, thousands of survivors of the Warsaw ghetto uprising were held in the Maidanek death camp. Realizing they were being selected for death, these innocent families chose to surreptitiously bury the personal objects in their possession six inches beneath the earth's surface in a collective act of courage, defiance and hope. Based upon unique witness testimony, an international team of survivors and experts from Australia, USA, Germany, Israel, Italy, and England were able to organize an archeological expedition to unearth these relic keepsakes that have remained hidden for 63 years. Over 80 significant pieces of jewelry and other items were recovered and deposited with the Maidanek State Museum, making it the largest reported recovery of valuables in a death camp to date. -- (C) Official Site


Critic Reviews for Buried Prayers

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Steven Meyer's deeply affecting documentary, narrated by Laurie Anderson, takes us back to the Polish extermination camp Majdanek in order to honor those who left everything behind.

Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film would be stronger if it told us a little more about what the survivors have been doing since the camp was liberated by the Soviets in 1944, but their reactions to revisiting the camp are wrenching to watch.

Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Buried Prayers is a nonfiction work that confronts Holocaust atrocities from a piercing ground-level view.

Nov 15, 2011 | Full Review…

It takes excavation on the viewer's part, but Buried Prayers contains people and stories worthy of discovery and discussion.

Dec 1, 2011 | Full Review…

Steven Meyer's documentary treads a middle ground between illumination and cheap waterworks.

Nov 13, 2011 | Rating: 2/2 | Full Review…

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