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Steal a Pencil For Me is a unique Holocaust story that pays tribute to the strength of the human spirit in the face of enormous hardship. Read critic reviews

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A Hollander shares barracks with both his wife and his mistress in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

Cast & Crew

Jean-Pierre Gillain
Young Jaap's hand shots
Michèle Ohayon
Director
Michèle Ohayon
Writer
Michèle Ohayon
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Ted Sarandos
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Theo van de Sande
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Critic Reviews for Steal a Pencil for Me

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  • Jan 31, 2010
    A touching story about two people whose loved kept them going during the holocaust. At times this really played on the emotions. Well told and interesting.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]Boy, have Jaap Polak and Ina Soep got a story to tell their grandchildren(and great grandchildren) 60 years after they got married of how they fell in love in concentration camps during World War II. By showing how precious life is, "Steal a Pencil for Me," is a very touching and moving documentary about their experiences. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The two had met in Amsterdam before the Nazis invaded, coming from different ends of the social spectrum in the Jewish community. Jaap was an accountant, unhappily married and ten years older than Ina who came from a wealthy family. All of which is important to remember when Jaap notes the poor were forcibly relocated to the camps before the rich were. Despite their differences, they both ended up in the same camps, Westerbork(which was originally built for German refugees) and Bergen-Belsen. Jaap makes a distinction between concentration and extermination camps which is the difference between Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz. Even though being in Bergen-Belsen gave them a chance for survival, it was still no picnic as food was scarce, while typhus was rampant.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]By having two people detailing what they had to endure to survive the Holocaust against huge odds, "Steal a Pencil for Me" excels in its recollection of the genocide(The scenes at Westerbork were shot by the camp commander to show off). And today, Jaap and Ina talk to people from Los Angeles to Holland about the Holocaust, so that it is never forgotten.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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