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Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Germany, 2011, 59'
Magnus Gertten
Swedish, English, German with Turkish and English subtitles

Harbour of Hope is a heartbreaking but life-affirming story about the beyond-belief life stories of three survivors. In 1945, Irene, Ewa, and Joe were among the nearly 30,000 survivors that were rescued from German concentration camps and sent to the peaceful harbour town of Malmö, Sweden. Here they started life again.
Through unique archive films, we see the 10-year-old Jewish girl Irene taking her first shaky steps toward freedom. We see newborn Ewa being carried off the boat by her Polish mother. And we meet Josef ”Joe” Rozenberg, who came to Malmö as a lonely young boy after losing his family.
In Harbour of Hope; Irene, Ewa and Joe tell their amazing life stories from the moment of liberation to the mysterious and unsolved questions still haunting them today. They describe how they are dealing with war memories, how a helping hand makes it possible to move on, and the importance of finding a “harbour of hope”. The film is a moving homage to the humanism and unsung heroism that occurred throughout the darkest chapter in Europe’s history.