About The Film
As soon as Andriette and I met the Neiger family, and heard their incredible story, we knew we had to make this film.
We were so moved by their story, we were brought to tears. Our goal is to honor their journey.
We wanted to create a film that will tell the story of one family, in their own words, as a voice for every family who went through this atrocity – and to honor those who survived, and remember, with deep reverence, those who did not.
We want to share this story so it will never be forgotten.
“They Survived Together” is a story of endurance, unity and hope.
“They Survived Together ” is the incredible, true story of the survival of the Neiger family, as they desperately try to stay together as a family while escaping the Nazi invasion of Poland.
The Neigers were living a peaceful life in a tight-knit Jewish community in Krakow when the arrival of World War II changed their life forever.
When Nazi soldiers forced the Neiger family from their home and into the harsh life of the Ghetto, they made a vow to escape together and survive as a family.
The family was able to stick together, from their daring escape from the Ghetto, through arduous treks through snow-covered mountains, to illegal border crossings, and brutal work camps.
But when circumstances forced the family to separate from their older brother Ben, the family’s will to survive was put to the test.
Siblings Cesia, Benjamin, Hanka, Basia, and Tosia remained together as a family well into their senior years, supporting each other while dealing with the horrors of the memory of the Holocaust.
This film tells their story, in their words, from their hearts.
We are seeking funding to finish the production phase of "They Survived Together". We will continue to interview the siblings and relatives, film family gatherings and events. We will organize and catalogue historical footage and photos.
We are so fortunate to have this first-hand account of their incredible journey.
Our mission is educational - to create a film that will tell the true story of one family, in their own words, as a voice for every family who went through this atrocity – and to honor those who survived, and remember, with deep reverence, those who did not.
The film is intended for screenings in Jewish institutions, schools and museums, to preserve this true family story of the Holocaust.
John Rokosny (Director)