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Oral history interview with Agnieszka Holland

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.6 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0650

Agnieszka Holland, born November 28, 1948 in Warsaw, Poland, discusses her parents Henryk Holland (b. 1920) and Irena Rybczynska (b. 1914); her parents’ extended family members who perished or were in hiding during the war; how she found out that she was a Jew; her mother’s work in the Polish underground during the war; growing up in Warsaw in the 1950s; different people’s memories of the war; reactions to the Communist Party and Stalin’s death; her father’s death in 1961; how she became interested in filmmaking; her decision to attend film school in Prague, Czech Republic; exploring Catholicism and her religious identity; making the film Angry Harvest abroad during the imposition of martial law in Poland; her interest in Janusz Korczak, director of Jewish and Polish orphanages before and during the war; her work as a film director; her intent to make films about the complexity of human experience; her surprise with the great success of her film, In Darkness, in Poland; and negative reactions to her films among right-wing groups in Poland and Russia.

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Agnieszka Holland
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2012 January 18
creation: Washington (D.C.)
2 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
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Interview funded by a grant from the Mickey Shapiro Charitable Trust.
Record last modified: 2021-05-21 10:23:40
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