WARSAW, Poland – A new documentary film that recounts the heroic efforts and violent deaths of Poles who helped Jews during the Holocaust premiered Wednesday, amid efforts by Poland to alter a lingering reputation for anti-Semitism.

“A Life for a Life,” a 33-minute film funded by Poland’s Culture Ministry, uses testimony from survivors, grandchildren and neighbours of men and women who were killed by the Nazis for aiding Polish Jews during Germany’s Second World War occupation of Poland.

“There’s a lack of knowledge that there were Poles who gave their lives to save Jews,” said Maciej Pawlicki, a journalist and TV producer who came up with the idea for the film. “And there’s a dramatic lack of knowledge that results in very negative stereotypes, especially in the West.”

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