The documentary film “Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk” based on retired SUNY Plattsburgh professor and Holocaust survivor Vladimir Munk’s life and his return as a visitor to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp will be screened in Albany on Thursday, Oct. 14. The 7 p.m. showing will be at The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Ave., Albany.
In January of 2020, a film crew followed Munk as he attended the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz observances in Poland. Munk was one of 120 survivors of the camp in a survivors’ delegation who attended the event. The survivors walked the camp where they had been imprisoned 75 years ago.
A resident of Plattsburgh, Munk, age 96, was born in Pardubice, Czech Republic. At the age of 17, Munk was deported first to Terezin concentration camp and then to Auschwitz in October of 1944. Munk lost both his parents and many other family members at Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps. He met his wife, Kitty, in Terezin. They would later marry after the war.
This was the first time Munk had returned to Poland since he was liberated in 1945.
Prior to the trip, Munk had observed, “It will be like going to a cemetery.” The film includes interviews with family and friends as the then 94 year-old embarked on a transatlantic journey to a place that holds horrific memories.
A question and answer session with the film’s producers Julie Canepa, Bruce Carlin and Paul Frederick will follow the screening.
Tickets for the documentary are available online at The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio. Admission is $10 per person in advance, $15 at the door for general admission.
The documentary has also been selected for showing at the Lake Placid Film Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23.