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The following review of the Yiddish talkie was originally titled "Unzere kinder (Our Children)," then the title was "It Will Never Happen Again." The film was released in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1951, and in France on 23 April 1952.

  The Cast:    
Shimen Dzigan ... Dzigan
Israel Schumacher ... Schumacher
Mae Schoenfeld Niusia Gold ... Orphange Director
Mae Schoenfeld Nathan Meisler ... Teacher
Mae Schoenfeld Hadasa Kestin ... Teacher
Mae Schoenfeld Israel Ganz ... Conferencier
Mae Schoenfeld Luba Majzler ... Cook
Mae Schoenfeld S. Goldbrenner ... Orphange Child
Mae Schoenfeld Szymon Redlich ... Orphange Child
Mae Schoenfeld B. Grinspan ... Orphange Child
Mae Schoenfeld Eliasz Zalkind ... Orphange Child
Mae Schoenfeld M. Tauman ... Orphange Child
 Mae Schoenfeld S. Koczer ... Orphange Child
Mae Schoenfeld I. Greenberg ... Orphange Child
Mae Schoenfeld C. Pretter ... Orphange Child
Mae Schoenfeld W. Lason ... Orphange Child
Jakob Rotbaum ... Narrator (voice)
Mae Schoenfeld G. Czifdar ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Adam Daniewicz ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Nadia Kareni ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Z. Skrzeszewska ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Luba Stolarska ...  
Mae Schoenfeld J. Widecki ... Orphan (as Chana Sterling)



directors: Nathan Gross and Shaul Goskind
music: Shaul Berezowski
filmed in an orphanage in 1948 at
the JDC-supported coloney, an orphanage
near Lodz, housing Jewish children ...
black & white
68 minutes


Suppressed by the Polish Communist government as too "pro-Zionist" and lost for over thirty years, Our Children was the last produced Polish Yiddish feature film.

Filmed in 1948 at the JDC-supported Helenowek Colony, an orphage near Lodz housing Jewish children who had survived the Holocaust, the film's centerpiece is a performance by the comedy duo Dzigan and Schumacher of Sholem Aleichem's Kasrilevke in Burning.

Upset by the innaccuracy of the performer's musical portrayal of ghetto life, the children turn the tables on the actors, telling of their wartime suffering and teaching the adults about the healing possibilities of music and storytelling.

Made just a few years after WWII, Our Children dares to ask: Is it more therapeutic to remember or forget?

-- The National Center for Jewish Film


Our Children (1948) | MUBI

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