Sunday, October 4, 2009

97-Year-Old Survivor Sees her Story on Film

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of spending some time with some remarkable women: Marta Spiegel, Veronica Ferres, Anni Richter-Aschoff and Lia Hoensbroech, and Margarita Broich. Mrs Spiegel, is an amazing 97-year-old Holocaust survivor, who wrote a book about her experiences hiding with a family of farmers in Germany during the Holocaust. That book has now been made into a film, (directed by Ludi Boeken) called Saviours in the Night, and it has just premiered at the Jerusalem Cinametheque.
Ferres is the German actress and star of the film who portrays Marga Spiegel, Anni Richter-Aschoff is the daughter of the German farmer and Righteous Among the Nations who hid Marga Spiegel and her daughter for the duration of WWII, and Lia Hoensbroech, and Margarita Broich played Anni and her mother in the film. It's an inspirational story -- the Spiegels are the only Jews from their town of Ahlen to have survived the war, and to meet these amazing women, with the director who brought this true story to the screen was an unique experience. The group was very touched to visit the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem (pictured) and pay homage to the Righteous who took such risks to rescue the Spiegel family.


  1. What is the name of Mrs. Spiegel's book?

  2. The book in German is called
    "Retter in der Nacht: wie eine jüdische Familie im Münsterland überlebte"