Reviewed by Fern Sidman
Holocaust films and literature are, to say the least, depressing and devastating — how else can they be? Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis’ new film entitled, “Triumph of the Spirit”, however, stands alone in the genre of Holocaust documentaries. While it depicts the Holocaust in all its horror and savage brutality, its dominant theme is hope, faith, and the triumph of the Jewish spirit. The film demonstrates that the spirit of man is infinitely more powerful than Hitler or his mighty armies and that the flame of faith is more intense than the fires of the crematorium. This long awaited film is a must see for secular, religious, young and old as it speaks to every heart. While the vintage photos, the music and the images are all captivating, it is Rebbetzin Jungreis’ personal story and voice that penetrates the soul and touches the deepest recesses of the heart in this compelling documentary.