"I made the documentary, Hiding Halina, because
I wanted to tell the story of how I survived the Holocaust, as a legacy for my
children and their children. As a witness I wanted to leave a record in order
to honor the members of my family who perished so that my children would not forget
those whom I had known and loved. Since my family was exterminated, neither I
nor my children had an extended family. I wanted my children to understand why
they had no aunts, uncles, cousins . . . The slaughter of the Jews was an attempt
at dehumanizing them and at creating a world in which it would seem that they
had never existed. I wanted to give to those that had lost an identity a human
face that my children and those who will come after them will be able to remember;
an identity as real people, not as an anonymous statistic. I wanted to keep their
existence alive through the telling of my story so that they will not just disappear.
I hope that this film will add meaning to my children's and my grandchildren's
lives and restore meaning to the lives of those who perished."