Snatched From the Source

Snatched From the Source

Maja Weiss 1h 19min

Original title : Zajeti v Izviru

Directed by : Maja Weiss

Snatched from the source (2022) is a documentary by Maja Weiss, selected in the “Competition Prix PRESENT” section of the 19th edition of the Paris European Film Festival, Europe by Europe.

Synopsis :

In 1942, approximately thirty Slovenian babies were selected and stolen through a “racial selection” process and included in the notorious Nazi program called Lebensborn (Source of Life). This program was designed to promote the Aryan race and was led by Heinrich Himmler. As part of the program, babies were forcibly taken from their families across Europe and subsequently adopted by German couples who were perceived as loyal to the Nazi regime.



“This is the best documentary I’ve seen on the Lebensborn. It deeply impressed me as it uniquely describes what was done to the stolen children and their families, how much they had to suffer, and how strong and brave they were. The film is an accusation, an illumination, and a call to humanity to finally put an end to such crimes against children.”
Dr. Georg Lilenthal, Bela Film.

“The film Snatched From The Source deeply touches us and doesn’t let go. It mobilizes audio recordings, cinematic sequences, and photographic archives that directly transport us back to the 1930s and 1940s. We hope that Maja Weiss’s film is heard and that trust in art and humanity can change the world.
Christoph Schütte, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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