The Silent Hero

The Silent Hero (2015) is a 22 min. documentary film (directed and produced by me) about a nun who helped Jewish kids to survive in the Holocaust. The Silent Hero film created under a Grundtvig Project called Silent Heroes The Living Memory ( with the participation of Castrum Peregrini and Joods Historisch Museum from Amsterdam, Jüdisches Museum Hohenems, Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Silent Heroes Memorial Center and the German Resistance Memorial Center Foundation in Berlin, and a collaboration of BUPAP and Marom from Budapest. Thanks to the Grundtvig Project and all the participants I had the chance to create a site specific documentary film that since 2015 has a screenings with a walking tour dedicated to the history of the Holocaust.
Silent Heroes – Helpers and rescuers during WWII and their representation today was a 2 years collaboration of the mentioned institutes and I had the opportunity to create this documentary as a site specific film for a walking tour organised by BUPAP. What does it mean site specific? The uniqueness of this film is that we only screen it at that specific location where Kuntich Etelka, the nun used to pray in the building which was a monastery at that time and the participants of the tour are  walking through the stairs and the corridor where the decision being made who is a survival and who is not.
The film with English subtitles:

A világ igaza – The Silent Hero from Andrea Ausztrics on Vimeo.


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The first screening of the film for the Grundtvig participants was at May, 2015. The first public event was at October, 2016 with around 60 people and since then we have screenings with 20-100 people in every occasion.

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The walk starts in the daylight and brings the participants to the darkness. The concept to use the light is a metaphor that reflects on the history of Svábhegy (Swabian mountains – XII. district of Budapest) that starts with a happy resettlement and ends with the Holocaust and the closure of the monastery. The following video shows the visual concept of the walking from daylight to the complete darkness.

September 2017 walk and screening

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