JEWISH CHRONICLE INTERVIEW (SHORTENED VERSION) by Simon Round (published December 17 2009)

 
     
     
 

“…It took documentary-maker and artists Mira Hamermesh a long time to speak about her wartime experiences. Sixty years went by and even her closest friends were unaware of her compelling escape from Nazi-occupied Poland to Palestine.

When the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, she escaped with her brother - their journey took them through the Soviet Union to Lithuania and ultimately to Palestine. Her parents and the rest of her family stayed, were incarcerated in the Lodz Ghetto and died at the hands of the Nazis.

After the Second World War Hamermesh settled in London where she made a career as a celebrated documentary maker and artist. Years went by but she remained silent. "They were not years and years of life, they were year and years of filmaking. I was very busy," she says…

Eventually she decided to write a book
The River Of Angry Dogs about her experiences. So when did she start to talk about what happened? "I have never spoken a word about it - to anyone. Ever." She says. "If you lose a member of your family, one is sad, but to lose a whole family..." She leaves the sentence unfinished…