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Headfirst Arts & Media, Inc. (El Cerrito, CA 94530-2038)
Yoav Potash (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Diary from the Ashes

Development of a ninety-minute documentary film on the diary of Rywka Lipszyc, which records her experience as a Jewish girl in the Lodz ghetto during the Third Reich.

“Diary from the Ashes” is a 90-minute television documentary that reveals the biography and writing of Rywka Lipszyc, an intensely imaginative and intelligent 14-year-old girl whose diary was found in the rubble of an Auschwitz crematorium in 1945. The diary remained unread—and her identity, story, and fate unknown—for the next seven decades. The film will contextualize Rywka’s story through a variety of humanities disciplines—history, literature and journalism, feminist theory, Jewish studies, theology, and philosophy—which correspond to different facets of her diary. Rywka Lipszyc (pronounced “Rivka Lipshitz”) recorded her innermost thoughts while the Third Reich directly oppressed her through forced labor, starvation, and the murder of her family. “Diary from the Ashes” will bring to life the talent and voice of this irrepressible young woman, who used her imagination to cope with the unimaginable.

[Media coverage]

Project fields:
European History; Jewish Studies; Women's History

Media Projects Development

Public Programs

$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 8/31/2022