A Hero for Our Times: Alina Margolis-Edelman, Holocaust Survivor and pioneer of humanitarianism

Film screening and discussion


7 December, 8.30pm
341-351 Finchley Road
London NW3 6ET
Tickets £7.50/£5 available via eventbrite from Nov 15

Film screening of Ala z elementarza and discussion with the film's dir. Edyta Wróblewska, Dr Guesnet (Dept. of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL) and Dr Joanna B. Michlic (UCL Institute for Advanced Studies)

This event is dedicated to Alina Margolis-Edelman (1922–2008), a young nurse in a Warsaw Ghetto hospital who fought in the Warsaw Uprising of August 1944. After the war, she obtained a medical degree and specialized in paediatrics, becoming renowned for her innovative treatment methods. Forced to emigrate during the anti-semitic purge of 1968, she moved to France where she joined Medicins du Monde, working in the most disadvantaged areas of the world in addition to her regular medical practice. After the fall of communism, Margolis returned to Poland where she created the Nobody’s Children Foundation, devoted to helping abused, abandoned and poor children.

Edyta Wróblewska, a graduate of the Andrzej Wajda Film School, is the creator of the 20 min documentary Ala z elementarza ('Ala of the Reading Primer'), a testimony to Margolis’ dedication to humanitarian causes.

Organised by the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies, UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL Institute for Advanced Studies, and supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London

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