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Watch No. 4 Street of our Lady In Your Own Home

If you’ve not yet seen No. 4 Street of Our Lady, the film by three Penn State filmmakers that tells the story of  a Catholic Polish woman who saved 15 Jewish neighbors from the Nazis during World War II, there’s an easy way to remedy that. The film, by Barbara Bird, Judy Maltz, and Richie Sherman, is being distributed more widely.

You can download it from iTunes, or rent or buy it from Amazon. (You can watch a free excerpt there, too.) The film is listed on Netflix, but”proof of demand” is required for the company to release it. If you add the film to your Netflix queue, you can help create that demand.

The film is continuing to get attention. The rescuer, Francisca Halamajowa, was honored posthumously three weeks ago by the Anti-Defamation League; two granddaughters accepted the award. And it’s also been added to the materials available at Facing History, which provides resources for teachers both in the United States and internationally.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

April 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm 2 comments

Penn State Honors Vicki Glembocki

vgWe were happy to learn today that the English department at Penn State has named Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g its Outstanding Young Alumna for 2010. She’ll be back to campus in April to be presented with the award.

Vicki was senior editor at The Penn Stater from 1997–2001; she left here to become articles editor at Philadelphia Magazine. Nowadays she’s a contributing editor for that magazine and a full-time freelance writer, and along the way she also wrote a book: The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth About Becoming a Mom. Finally.

We’re very happy that she continues to write for us as well: Most recently she wrote “Who Killed Betsy Aardsma?” for our Sept-Oct 2009 issue; a profile of physicist Ronald Mallett ’69, ’70g, ’73g called “One Moment in Time” for our July-Aug 2009 issue; a profile of winery owner Doug Moorhead ’56 called “A Wine’s Time” for Jan-Feb 2009; and a story about the film No. 4 Street of Our Lady for our Nov-Dec 2008 issue.

Just last week she was out in Los Angeles on assignment for us, interviewing Ty Burrell ’97g, star of the ABC-TV hit series Modern Family. Look for her story on him to appear in our Jan-Feb 2010 issue.

Tina Hay, editor

November 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

More Ink for ‘No. 4 Street of Our Lady’

Today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a terrific story about No 4 Street of Our Lady, the Holocaust-related film made by Penn State College of Communication faculty members Barbara Bird, Judy Maltz, and Richie Sherman. A very good read.

Tina Hay, editor

November 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

‘Street of Our Lady': A Q&A with the Filmmakers


No. 4 Street of Our Lady, a Holocaust-related documentary by three Penn State faculty members, is now making the rounds of film festivals throughout the country. In conjunction with its appearance in Savannah, Ga., this week, has an interview today with two of the filmmakers.

Barbara Bird and Richie Sherman talk about how they and colleague Judy Maltz (all three are in the College of Communications) got the idea to make the film, how they located the survivors who could help tell the tale, and the challenge of getting funding for the project.

We did a story about the film in our November-December 2008 issue, on the eve of the movie’s premiere last winter. You can download a PDF of our article here.

Tina Hay, editor

November 3, 2009 at 9:10 pm 1 comment

‘No. 4 Street of Our Lady’ in Pittsburgh

No. 4 Street of Our Lady, the Holocaust-themed film created by three Penn State faculty members, has its Pittsburgh debut this weekend. The 90-minute documentary will be shown at Adat Shalom synagogue near Fox Chapel on Sunday at 2 p.m. There’ll be a Q&A session afterward with Judy Maltz, one of the three College of Communications faculty members behind the film.

There’s a nice article about the film in Pittsburgh’s Jewish Chronicle this week. According to the story, No. 4 Street of Our Lady will also be shown at the Three Rivers Film Festival in November.

Tina Hay, editor

September 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Big Honors for “Our Lady”

full_francisca_halamajowaGot an e-mail yesterday from Judy Maltz, one of the three Penn State faculty members behind the film No. 4 Street of Our Lady, which we wrote about in our Nov-Dec 2008 issue. She was writing to say that the film won the grand prize for best feature documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival last weekend.

The film tells of the heroism of a Polish Catholic woman, Francisca Halamajowa, who successfully hid 16 of her Jewish neighbors from the Nazis during World War II. One of those she saved was Herb Maltz, Judy Maltz’s father.

What’s especially cool is that the Rhode Island International Film Festival is an Academy-Award qualifying festival—meaning that No. 4 Street of Our Lady may be eligible to compete for an Oscar.

Tina Hay, editor

August 12, 2009 at 9:21 am Leave a comment

‘Street of Our Lady’ Wins National Award

Penn State filmmakers Judy Maltz, Barbara Bird, and Richie Sherman have shared some good news with us: Their documentary No. 4 Street of Our Lady won a Golden Eagle Award during the spring CINE competition.

Francisca Halamajowa

Francisca Halamajowa

The movie tells how Francisca Halamajowa, a Polish Catholic, hid Jewish families from the Nazis. The 15 people she saved—including Maltz’s father and grandparents—were among only 30 Jews who survived in the town of Sokal, out of an original 6,000.

Past winners of the CINE Golden Eagle have included Ken Burns, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese.

You can find out more about the film in Vicki Glembocki’s award-winning story from the Nov./Dec. 2008 Penn Stater (note: clicking on that link downloads a PDF) and at the film’s Web site.

—Chas Brua, contributing editor

June 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Two Articles Worth Reading

Layout 1 copyI mentioned the other day that we hadn’t won anything in the overall magazine category in this year’s CASE awards, but that we did win two gold medals in the category called “Best Articles of the Year.” I thought you might want to see the two articles that won.

One of the gold awards was for “The Family Tree” (Nov-Dec 2008), a story by Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g, about the film No. 4 Street of Our Lady, which chronicles the heroic efforts of a Polish woman to shelter several Jewish families from the Nazis during the Holocaust. The film is the work of three Penn State faculty members—one of whom is the daughter of one of the Jews who was saved.

TheHungaryJobAs for the other gold award, well, a year or so we learned of a Penn State grad, Andrew Bieniawski ’89, who leads a U.S. government effort to track down and remove nuclear materials that are still scattered throughout eastern Europe, remnants of the Cold War. The effort often involves delicate negotiations with other countries, and lots of secretive work under cover of darkness. We sent Jason Fagone ’01 over to Hungary to follow one such cloak-and-dagger mission, and the resulting article, “The Hungary Job” (Jan-Feb 2009) is one of the most engrossing reads we’ve printed in a long time. It won the other gold medal.

You can download a PDF of “The Family Tree” here and a PDF of “The Hungary Job” here.

And, if you don’t already get the print version of The Penn Stater magazine, you can have it sent to your mailbox six times a year simply by joining the Penn State Alumni Association. Click here to sign up.

Tina Hay, editor

June 1, 2009 at 1:19 pm 1 comment

‘Street of Our Lady’ in Philadelphia


Francisca Halamajowa

We just noticed that No. 4 Street of Our Lady, made by three filmmakers from Penn State, is scheduled to be shown in Philadelphia in August. The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies hasn’t announced an exact date yet for the screening, but a genealogical blogger lists the film as having been confirmed for showing. The film made its world premiere in State College at the beginning of March.

As our November/December issue described, No. 4 Street of Our Lady tells how Francisca Halamajowa, a Polish Catholic in the town of Sokal, hid more than a dozen Jewish neighbors on her property for almost two years, right under the noses of the Nazis. Sixty years later, some of the survivors went back to Sokal with filmmakers Judy Maltz, Barbara Bird, and Richie Sherman—a powerful experience for all.

Chas Brua, contributing editor

March 30, 2009 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

No. 4 Street of Our Lady

Francisca Halamajowa with daughter Hela

Francisca Halamajowa with daughter Hela

I went to the State Theatre yesterday to see the premiere of No. 4 Street of Our Lady, a documentary made by three filmmakers from Penn State and chronicled in the November/December Penn Stater. What a powerful movie. Barely a dry eye at the end.

It told the story of Francisca Halamajowa, a Polish Catholic who risked her life by hiding 16 of her Jewish neighbors in her home during World War II—one family in a hole under her kitchen floor, and two families in a hayloft in her pigsty.

All this happened while there were Nazi troops camped out by the pigsty. The very shrewd Francisca warned the troops that if they stayed there and the pigsty were hit, well, you can imagine what would happen—so the troops moved a few hundred feet from there, although they remained on her property. Of the Jews harbored by Francisca, 15 survived. They have 100 descendants living today. Herb Maltz, one of the survivors and the father of Penn State filmmaker Judy Maltz, was among the people at the screening. (Today’s Centre Daily Times also has a good article about the screening.)

During a brief Q & A after the show, the question was asked, “Would you do the same?” I believe that without a doubt, I would. If I could help save one or more lives and it cost me my own, it would be well worth it.

Judy Maltz and the other Penn State filmmakers—Barbara Bird and Richie Sherman—plan to release the movie in several languages, including Hebrew, German, French, Spanish, and Ukrainian. Another screening, for middle and high school students, is scheduled for April 22 at Drew University in Madison, N.J.

Barb Marshall, editorial assistant

March 2, 2009 at 9:20 pm 3 comments

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