Over 150 People Attended the Screening of "Irena's Vow" at Carnegie Mellon University

December 14, 2023
Classroom Without Borders presented "Irena's Vow" in partnership with The Collaboratory Against Hate, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival.

On December 10th, aver 150 people attended the movie "Irena's Vow" at Carnegie Mellon University. This film highlighted the inspiring story of Irena Gut to save twelve Jews in Germany - Soviet occupied Poland during World War 2. Irena's Vow weaves a narrative of courage akin to the Maccabees' legendary story, chronicling the bravery of Irena, a 19-year-old, unexpectedly promoted to housekeeper in a Nazi officer’s home during the imminent liquidation of the Jewish ghetto. Driven by a determination to save twelve Jewish workers, Irena shelters them in the safest place she can think of: the basement of the German commandant’s house. The film is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit, celebrating courage and the commitment to stand against injustice. This film is being premiered at various film festivals.

Irena's daughter, Jeannie Smith joined via Zoom for a brief Q & A session with Kate Kate Lukaszewicz, Classrooms Without Borders education programs director. On January 17, from 4-5:30pm EST, Jeannie will be discussing “One person can make a difference” with Classrooms Without Borders. Find more information here.

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