The Green Green Grass Beneath
Ceija Stojka has survived. She was in the Nazi death camps as a child. In Auschwitz and Ravensbrück. And in Bergen-Belsen, where she and her mother were liberated by the Allies. And while the Republic of Austria has declared 2005 a "Year of Reflection" - 60 years since the end of World War 2, 50 years since the State Treaty - and is celebrating itself, 72-year-old Romní Ceija Stojka recalls her time in Bergen-Belsen in front of the camera. In Karin Berger's film THE GREEN GREEN GRASS BENEATH, she recounts the horror with incorruptible directness and a vital presence: what strategies she had to develop to avoid being murdered or dying of hunger; how she experienced liberation and how difficult it was to resume everyday life after her experiences in Bergen Belsen.
"Fear is always in us. I never managed to forget that. Never. And as long as I will live, I will remember what they did to us, the Hitler and his people." CEIJA STOJKA
Ceija Stojka and many more
Joerg Burger, Karin Berger
MUSIC: Ceija Stojka, Hoida Stojka
EDITORIAL OFICE: Franz Grabner/ORF