In the documentary film, Behind the Wall, Jerry shares his memories on site in Warsaw, where he returned in summer 2013 for the first time since he was a boy. Working collaboratively with ethnographer, Dr. Carolyn Ellis, Jerry discusses his thoughts and feelings about his homeland, explores the working of memory, and considers the virtue of forgiveness. Being back in Poland and speaking in his native Polish language stimulated Mr. Rawicki to recall details of his experience that had been lost and to consider his relationship to Poland and the Polish people in complex ways. A result of this experience is that Mr. Rawicki now feels he has a larger view of his history and an increasing desire to contribute in ways that might make a difference.
After the film, Mr. Rawicki and Dr. Carolyn Ellis will discuss their five-year collaborative witnessing project on personal testimony about the Holocaust, with special attention to the trip to Poland, including visiting Treblinka where Jerry’s mother and sister were killed.