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Children Must Laugh

(Mir kumen on), PL 1938, directed by Aleksander Ford, 61 min, rated: from 12 years up

Between 1926 and 1939, thousands of poor, Jewish, working-class children suffering from tuberculosis were treated at the Włodzimierz-Medem sanatorium near Warsaw. The fundraising film, shot in the summer of 1935, is a rare testimony to Yiddish culture and the social commitment of the Jewish community in Poland, shortly before its extinction. In 1942, the employees and children of the sanatorium were deported to the Treblinka death camp.

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