You do not want to miss if a single word when they talk about their memories…

Annika Gustafsson, Sydsvenskan

Harbour of Hope
April 28, 1945. Newborn Ewa and her mother arrive from Ravensbrück.

April 28, 1945. Newborn Ewa and her mother arrive from Ravensbrück.

Some survivers stayed in Sweden. Here Ewa and her mother Joanna.

Some survivers stayed in Sweden. Here Ewa and her mother Joanna.

After years in concentration camps Irene enjoys the food at the Malmö Museum.

After years in concentration camps Irene enjoys the food at the Malmö Museum.

Irene's Swedish registration card issued after the White Busses rescue.

Irene's Swedish registration card issued after the White Busses rescue.

Red Cross volunteer Stig's picture of his survivor friend JH Rosenberg.

Red Cross volunteer Stig's picture of his survivor friend JH Rosenberg.

Through decades Stig kept the letters from his survivor friend Joe.

Through decades Stig kept the letters from his survivor friend Joe.

Chinese Nadine Hwang was among the rescued survivors from Ravensbrück.

Chinese Nadine Hwang was among the rescued survivors from Ravensbrück.

Ewa's mother Joanna always refused to talk about Ewa's father.

Ewa's mother Joanna always refused to talk about Ewa's father.

Screenings in South Africa

We look forward to honouring Harbour of Hope hero Irene Krausz-Fainman with three screenings in South Africa, her home country. Alongside the international screenings the Harbour of Hope team is currently documenting more of the Holocaust survivors coming to Sweden in Spring 1945. Go to the news section for more updates.

The original archive material, which Harbour of Hope is based on, was mainly shot on April 28, 1945 the day several hundreds of concentration camp survivors came with ships from Copenhagen. Many of them came from the Ravensbrück camp, but also from other camps. We are currently looking for survivors coming to Sweden in this period. Read more about our research here.

Harbour of Hope (Hoppets hamn) is a heartbreaking, but life-affirming documentary about the beyond belief life stories of Irene Krausz-Fainman, Ewa Kabacinska Jansson and Joe Rozenberg. In 1945 they were among the 30.000 survivors that were rescued from German concentration camps and brought to the peaceful harbour town of Malmö, Sweden. There life began again.

Coming to Sweden in 1945 is a defining moment in the lives of Irene, Ewa and Joe. In Harbour of Hope they reveal their stories – from the complicated moments of freedom to the mysteries and questions still haunting them today.

Here at the web site you can read about upcoming screenings, meet the people in Harbour of Hope, buy the DVD and much more.

We are currently looking for more survivors who came to Malmö in Spring 1945, especially April 28. If you are one of them or happen to know one of the survivors, we would very much like to be in touch with you. Here you can read more about our search for survivors.

Harbour of Hope / Hoppets hamn
(2011, Sweden / Poland / Germany / Norway / Denmark, 76 min)
With Irene Krausz-Fainman, Ewa Kabacinska Jansson, Stig Kinnhagen, Joe Rozenberg, Bo Fröberg and others.
Director: Magnus Gertten
Editor: Jesper Osmund
Director of Photography: Jon Rudberg
Composer: Magnus Jarlbo
Written by Magnus Gertten and Jesper Osmund
Produced by Lennart Ström and Magnus Gertten for Auto Images
Executive Producers: Lennart Ström for Auto Images and Marek Nowowiejski for Bow and Axe Entertainment