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Movie ‘Irene’s Vow,’ About Maid Hiding Jews in Nazi Officer’s Basement During Holocaust, Opens in US

Sophie Nélisse as Irene Gut Opdyke in a scene from “Irene’s Vow.” Photo: Fathom Events

A film about the true story of a Polish Catholic woman who risked her life to hide 12 Jews from the Nazis during World War II opened in theaters across the US on Monday.

Irene’s Vow follows the heroic efforts of Irena Gut Opdyke, who worked as a housekeeper in the home of a highly regarded Nazi officer and hid the Jews in the basement of the house for two years during the Holocaust. She protected them amid a number of countless Nazi parties at the home, even after being blackmailed and also as one of the Jews in hiding gave birth to a child.

Opdyke was 19 at the start of World War II and was a nursing student before it began. She died in 2003 and was named by Yad Vashem, Israel’s national memorial to the Holocaust, as Righteous Among the Nations, which is an honor given to non-Jews who risked their lives by saving Jews during the Holocaust. She was also presented with Israel’s Medal of Honor, the country’s highest recognition, and her heroism during the Holocaust is part of a permanent exhibit in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. She is played in Irene’s Vow by Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse.

The film will be screened in theaters throughout the United States on Monday and Tuesday. Each screening will be accompanied by exclusive video footage featuring Jeannie Smith, Opdyke’s real-life daughter; Roman Haller, the baby that was conceived and born in captivity; Dan Gordon, the film’s screenwriter; Nélisse and director Louise Archambault. Gordon also wrote the 2009 Broadway play of the same name that starred four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh.

“I knew Irene for 10 years at the end of her life and would listen to her tell her story to various groups,” Gordon said. “She was like a grandmother to me. I was determined to get this film made. The story is so improbable, yet it is true. She hid Jews for many months right under a Nazi officer’s nose in his own house.”

Watch the trailer for Irene’s Vow below.

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OCAD University student is seeking $1M in damages—alleging a lack of protection from threats and abuse

Samantha Kline, 22, presented photos of antisemitic graffiti she says targeted her.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Releases New Propaganda Video of Israeli Hostage

Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov as seen in a propaganda video released by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Photo: Screenshot

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group on Tuesday released a short propaganda video featuring Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov, 28, who was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

The 30-second undated video shows Trufanov, an Amazon employee, identifying himself and saying that he will soon discuss what has happened to him and other hostages in Gaza.

Similar videos have been released by terrorists groups in Gaza. Israel has lambasted them as psychological warfare.

Trufanov’s mother said in a video released by the family that she was happy to see her son after all this time, but “it was heartbreaking” that he had been a hostage for so long.

Trufanov was an engineer at the Israeli microelectronics company Annapurna Labs, which Amazon owns.

Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists abducted over 250 people during their Oct. 7 onslaught. Trufanov was kidnapped alongside his mother, grandmother, and girlfriend.

All three were released as part of a temporary ceasefire agreement negotiated in November. His father, Vitaly Trufanov, was one of the 1,200 people killed during the Hamas massacre.

“The proof of life from Alexsander (Sasha) Trufanov is additional evidence that the Israeli government must give a significant mandate to the negotiating team,” the Hostages Families Forum, which represents the families of the hostages, said in a statement.

More than 120 hostages remain in Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas. Islamic Jihad is a separate but allied terrorist organization in the Palestinian enclave. Both are backed by Iran, which provides them with money, weapons, and training.

Negotiations brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the US to reach a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have been stalled for weeks.

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Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023

Gal Gadot as Rachel Stone in a scene from the trailer for “Heart of Stone.” Photo: YouTube screenshot

Netflix released its engagement report that details the films with the most views from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, and Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s action thriller Heart of Stone secured the number two spot with 109.6 million views.

The film — starring Gadot alongside Jamie Dornan and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in leading roles — was the runner-up to Leave the World Behind, the drama starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke that garnered 121 million views on Netflix.

Heart of Stone, directed by Tom Harper, was released on the streaming giant on Aug. 11 of last year. The action film is about international intelligence operative Rachel Stone, played by Gadot, who goes on a mission to protect an artificial intelligence system, known as The Heart, from falling in the wrong hands. The film was produced by Pilot Wave, a company founded by Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano.

Gadot also stars in Netflix’s most popular film of all time, Red Notice, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds.

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