Line 41

Directed by Tanja Cummings
Film Movement
96 Minutes
German, Polish
Documentary, Jewish
Eastern European, Ethics, European Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Women Directors
Not Rated
DVD $11.98
PPR $200.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00
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During the Holocaust, there was no other city in Europe where Germans, Poles and Jews lived so closely together and yet worlds apart as Lodz. Several times a day for four years, the Line 41 streetcar passed through the Lodz Ghetto, but would never stop, making the suffering of the Jewish people abundantly clear to its indifferent riders. LINE 41 documents the return of Lodz Ghetto survivor Natan Grossmann to Poland after seventy years. Looking to discover the fate of his brother, with whom he had lost contact in 1942, he instead crosses paths with Jens-Jurgen Ventzki, the son of the former Nazi Head Mayor of Lodz. In tracing their family histories, Grossman and Ventzki discover a unique mix of victims, perpetrator and bystanders as they confront their feelings about the past and each other.

"While wartime Łódź was the focus of one of the most significant Holocaust documentaries – the 1988 classic 'Łódź Ghetto (VL-7/91)' – this work offers a more intimate but no less painful consideration of the subject. Extras include bonus footage. Highly recommended." - Video Librarian "This is a haunting documentary that will resonate with anyone interested in the Holocaust and the fate of their survivors." - Michael Schau, EMRO. Recommended.


  • Jens-Jurgen Venkti
  • Natan Grosmann
  • Armin Hornberger
  • Helena Bergson
DVD Features

25 minutes of bonus footage

Sound: 2.0 Stereo & 5.1 Surround

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "...a poetic evocation of the process of memory and the persistence of a nightmare that must never be forgotten."
    Peter Keough, The Boston Globe


Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Bucharest Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection
Boston Jewish Film Festival

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