Southern California PBS KOCE
Chicago PBS WTTW (March 2011)


IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy (2013)
Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles (2011)
PREMIERE Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago (2011)

In the summer of 2007, as a Stanford University student Sarah Golabek-Goldman traveled to Poland to teach English in the village of Zakliczyn. While there, she also visited the towns where her family lived before World War II to search for Poles who remembered her relatives. In the village of Jasionowka, Sarah discovered the gravestone of her great-great-grandmother, Leah Tickotsky.

Finding Leah Tickotsky explores Polish-Jewish relations as well as one filmmaker's personal journey to discover her family roots. Through her eyes, Finding Leah Tickotsky provides a perspective on one of the most painful periods in history and serves as a reminder of the extraordinary contributions Jews made to Poland over nine centuries.

“It is my hope that Finding Leah Tickotsky will inspire students to explore
profound ethical issues, such as the dangers of apathy, as well as encourage Polish-Jewish dialogue.” —Sarah Golabek-Goldman, Director

Golabek-Goldman received a Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship and, with a grant from the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, returned to Poland with educator Phyllis Pollak of the New Roads School in New Jersey to restore a Jewish cemetery and research Polish memory of the Holocaust. She interviewed more than 200 Polish historians, clergy members, government officials, presidents of NGOs, professors and pupils to understand the impact of family stories and communist propaganda on memory of the genocide.

Finding Leah Tickotsky is a wonderful illustration of how much (Jews and Poles) have to say to one another and how memories can unite rather than divide people in a land where hatred once ran so deep.”
- Dr. Michael Berenbaum, historian at American Jewish University


"Search for Polish past inspires film, education", Jewish Journal

"Finding 'Leah' and Family Roots", Chicago Jewish News

WGN Chicago Radio interview with filmmaker

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Finding Leah Tickotsky: A Discovery of Heritage in Poland

USA, 2010, 48 minutes, Color
Directed by Sarah Golabek-Goldman

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