Teofila Silberring -- So That Memory Doesn't Die

This unique story is told to us by a woman who never left her beloved Krakow—except for the six years she lived in Nazi hell. Mrs Silberring remembers her neighborhood by door numbers--her school at this address, her synagogue over there--even the church she used to go to on Sunday's with her governess. In 1939, a life of wealth and privilege turned into a life of hell and torment. This is her story. This film was made possible thanks to grants from the The German Federal Agency for Civic Education (BPB) and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference). Special thanks to Magdelana Bizon, who interviewed Mrs Silberring.

Study Guides

PREWAR POLAND

Teofila Silberring was born in Krakow. Located in southern Poland, it is the second largest city in the country (after the capital, Warsaw).

POLAND DURING WWII

On 1 September 1939 Poland was invaded by German troops, which signaled the official declaration of The Second World War. Sixteen days later, Soviet troops entered the country from the east, which they viewed as a “disintegrated” Polish state. In accordance with the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, Poland would now be partitioned between the two powers.

POSTWAR POLAND

After the Second World War, leaders of the victorious Allied powers met for the Yalta conference in 1945, named after the island Yalta. Among other political questions, the Allied leaders discussed the fate of Poland. The country underwent territorial changes and a communist government was installed.

POLISH JEWS

Teofila Silberring was raised in the Krakow neighborhood of Kazimierz – the historic Jewish quarter. Take a virtual tour of contemporary Kazimierz or read about the history of Kaziemierz. Teofila's family attended the Tempel Synagogue.

SCHINDLER

Teofila was taken from the Podgorze ghetto to the Plaszow concentration camp, just outside of Krakow. She did not stay long in Plaszow, because she was then employed by Oskar Schindler in his enamel factory in Krakow. Read more about Oskar Schindler at the Jewish Virtual Library

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Lesson plans for this film

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Title / School Subject Documents Language
Cross-cultural Cookbook Project
other projects
Lisa Sterling
en
A story of one human life as a history lesson - Photos as a key to understanding the past.
History
Joanna Olender
en
שהזיכרון לא ייעלם
other projects
centropa
he
Teofila Silberring - Losy pojedynczego człowieka, jako lekcja historii
History
Joanna Olender
pl
Scenariusze lekcji języka polskiego z wykorzystaniem filmu Centropy o Tosi Silberring: „Aby pamięć nie umarła…”
History
Barbara Bierówka
pl
Lesson plan to "Teofila Silberring: So that Memory doesn't die"
History
Beata Zep
en
Opis projektu - Ażeby pamięć nie umarła
History
Barbara Bierówka
pl
Scenariusz lekcji w oparciu o film Centropy „Teofila Silbering - ZEBY NIE UMARŁA PAMIĘĆ”
History
Beata Zep
pl
How my school used the Polish Centropa exhibition
other projects
Aleksandra Bura
en
Teofila Silberring - Interaktives Filmskript
History
Esther Cotoarba
de
Why is Centropa’s Philosophy Important to Me?
other projects
Mariusz Sokołowski
en
Traces of Memory. Saved from Oblivion.
History
Gabriela Berbesz - Kupiec (Zespole Szkół Ogólnokształcąco -Technicznych w Lublińcu)
en
Teofila Silberring and Janusz Korczak. Living in the Cracow and Warsaw Ghetto.
History
Anna Janina Kloza, AVI Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Króla Zygmunta Agusta w Białymstoku
en
Centrope spacer po Krakowie śladami Teofili Silberring
other projects
Centropa
pl
Teofila Silberring Walking Tour
other projects
Centropa
en
Schindler's List: Another perspective
History
Shmuel Afek
en
Teofila Silberring - So that memory doesn't die
other projects
en
ESL Lesson on Silberring film
History
Ursula Reinhart-Döring, Jewish School Berlin, Germany
en
So that Memory Doesn't Die
History
Shmuel Afek
en
Centropa Biography Film/Stolpersteine Assignment
History, other projects
Melissa Yarborough
en