Listening to concerning the horrors of the Holocaust is hard, even for adults. And now, HBO is trying to clarify it to children.
“The Quantity on Nice-Grandpa’s Arm,” a 20-minute documentary premiering Saturday at 6 p.m., broaches the topic in a delicate and genius approach.
The story of 92-year-old Holocaust survivor Jack Feldman, who made it out of Auschwitz, is instructed by way of conversations along with his great-grandson, Elliott Saiontz.
Elliott, who was 10 on the time the movie was shot and lives in Westchester, sits beside his great-grandfather on the sofa.
Whereas holding his hand, he asks him: “Are you able to inform me a narrative about the place you’re from?”
Feldman, who now lives in Rochester, NY, solutions, “I used to be born in Poland — very glad life,” as animation of children swimming performs.
“They mentioned, nicely, ‘Hitler’s coming to you,’” Feldman provides in his Polish accent. “…The Germans got here in they usually took me away.” He factors to his left arm, the one his great-grandson is holding on to. “They put this quantity.”
The documentary weaves archival footage and pictures with animation, in between the pair’s conversations and Elliott’s narration.
Elliott explains that Feldman was put in Nazi focus camps throughout World Struggle II, as outdated pictures flash of children in striped pajamas behind gates.
“It is a close-up of his quantity from Auschwitz,” Elliott says whereas holding a photograph. “That was his quantity and he instructed us, ‘Again then, your quantity was your title.’ That was all he was to them.”
That lesson, Elliott says, is why he needs different children to know his great-grandpa’s story, to cease it from occurring once more.