ADAM & IDA – Almost A Fairytale (2022)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 22m

For the first time in their lives, Adam and Ida Paluch tell their story to a German film crew. It is an incredible tale about a lifelong quest about identity, loss and the search for belonging – told through interviews and animations illustrating the Jewish twins’ only vague memories.

Adam and Ida were three years old when they were separated during the Holocaust. Adam survived a concentration camp and was later adopted. Ida survived the war hidden by a Polish couple. Both children were baptized, issued a fake birth certificate with new names and grew up Catholic. It seemed all but impossible that they would ever reunite. However, the twins always felt “something missing”.

Following a 53-year-long journey that took them around the globe, one day Ida believes to recognize her brother in a newspaper photo resembling her grandfather. When the two strangers meet, they are convinced to have found each other at last. “We know it is us”, says Ida. Is it a happy ending? Can history be overcome?

Director

Jan Tenhaven

Writer

Jan Tenhaven

Producer

Olaf Jacobs

Languages

English, Polish

Country

Germany