| 21 min

Even at a frail 90, Martha Katz has an impish energy that remains undiminished. She chides grandson-filmmaker Daniel Schubert over his choice of shirt during a visit to her Los Angeles home, but there’s trauma beneath the humour. At 14, Martha and her family were torn from their village in Czechoslovakia and shipped to Auschwitz. A visit to a Holocaust museum ignites painful memories, including a haunting personal encounter with one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious figures. For Martha, however, the emphasis is on a tough but rewarding postwar life in Winnipeg, which she fondly recalls in this warm, intimate portrait of an unrelenting survivor.

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Martha, Daniel Schubert, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Daniel Schubert
  • writer
    Daniel Schubert
    Birdie Hamilton
  • producer
    Shirley Vercruysse
    Teri Snelgrove
  • director of photography
    Michael Dinsmore
  • editor
    Hart Snider
    Jason Schneider
  • composer
    Brent Belke
  • line producer
    Jennifer Roworth
  • production manager
    Caroline Coutts
  • 1st assistant camera
    Travis Lee
  • gaffer
    Chris Judson
  • grip
    Mathew Gilrow
  • construction coordinator
    Travis Devlin
  • location manager
    Caroline Coutts
  • production designer
    Jennifer LeCaine
  • art department assistant
    Anäisa Visser
  • costume designer
    Barbara Gregusova
  • hair artist
    Pamela Silvey
    Catherine Sherwin
  • makeup artist
    Pamela Silvey
    Catherine Sherwin
  • production assistant
    Mathew Gilrow
    Özgün Gündüz
  • casting
    Catharine Falcon
    Bim Narine
  • cast
    Mila Bursac
    Shaun Morse
    Orsolya Szabo
  • location sound recordist
    Iryna Kucherenko
  • sound designer
    Chris McIntosh
  • re-recording mixer
    Chris McIntosh
  • musician
    Peggy Lee
    Mark Ferris
  • colourist
    Lorne Wright
  • visual effects
    Bun Lee
  • titles
    Jason Lau
  • credits
    Jason Lau
  • researcher
    Caroline Coutts
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production coordinator
    Nicolas Ayerbe Barona
    Nathan Conchie
  • studio administrator
    Carla Jones
  • marketing manager
    Kay Rondonneau
  • publicist
    Katja De Bock
  • executive producer
    Shirley Vercruysse

  • None

    Thank you for your family story, it puts a face of real people to such a horrifying event. I pray this will never happen again.

    None, 11 Feb 2022
  • None

    I love Martha! Such an inspiration. Thank-you for sharing your story.

    None, 3 Apr 2021
  • None

    Very beautiful film, I have walked Auschwitz on a cold November day and you have duplicated the feeling of despair and unbelievable truth. Thank you for the very personal journey.

    None, 10 Feb 2021
  • None

    Daniel, What a beautiful film to honor your Grandma's life. Thank you for sharing this incredible inspiring story.

    None, 6 Feb 2021
  • Ruth Shapiro

    What an inspiration, with all her sorrow and trauma she an love, laugh and live an full life. Truly a survivor

    Ruth Shapiro, 29 Jan 2021
  • carolk

    A beautiful woman, a beautiful film. Thank you Daniel Schubert for making this heartfelt story. "Never again".

    carolk, 28 Jan 2021
  • None

    Thank you so much Martha for sharing your story with us. You are a strong and beautiful lady! Thank you Daniel for making this heartfelt film which captures the amazing resilience of your grandmother and so many others of her generation.

    None, 28 Jan 2021
  • None

    Sad and happy. Great documentary.

    None, 27 Jan 2021
  • None

    Beautiful film, and I thank Martha (and her grandson) for sharing these memories. Martha's resilience is why we need to never forget the Holocaust and how it came be through evil tyrants. My father and his four brothers all served Canada during WW II and returned home to Winnipeg; they fought for a greater good. Martha's story reinforces that for me. Thanks to Daniel for sharing this important piece of history. - Al McCalder

    None, 27 Jan 2021
  • None

    Thank you, Daniel, for making this film. Martha is a living example of the strength of the Jewish people. Today, especially, we all need to be reminded of the need to stand up and be counted in the face of rising hatred. We will NEVER forget ! Wishing you and your loved ones health and prosperity.

    None, 27 Jan 2021