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Tryszczyn 1939

Tryszczyn 1939 · dir. Robert Grochowski
Poland 2011, 20’


10/20, 13:30 · Baj Pomorski – hall B

Tryszczyn 1939 presents one of the greatest war crimes committed by the German army in 1939, near Bydgoszcz. It is 3rd September 1939. The Polish 62nd Infantry Regiment — called “The Children of Bydgoszcz” — fought a day-long battle and stopped the advancement of the German 50th Infantry Division. Nearly a month later, the German invaders committed one of the most atrocious crimes in the area of Bydgoszcz, in the already deserted Polish trenches. Almost a thousand Polish and Jewish citizens were murdered in a cruel way. The victims included representatives of the intelligentsia and clergy from Bydgoszcz, people of Jewish origin, farmers from the vicinity and youth in the uniforms of scout organisations and Grammar Schools. Two years later, a few hundred Russian POWs were murdered in that very same area. The director of the film is an archaeologist, who works for the Provincial Committee for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites. He had the idea to make a film about the event, three years ago, when carrying out excavations at the place of murder. The film has been based on the memoirs written by Henryk Bolck, a forester from Tryszczyn. All military re-enactment was made by members of Grupa Rekonstrukcji Historycznej „Wiking” (WIKING Re-enactment Group) and the 62nd Infantry Regiment Re-enactment Group.

Director:Robert Grochowski

2012 Programme

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