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Saving the Rabbits of Ravensbrück A Project of Documentaries

It was February 5, 1945, in Ravensbrück, the largest women's only concentration camp in the Third Reich. The inmates - Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish women from over 20 different nations – were starving, sick, and struggling to survive in the camp known as "Hitler's Hell for Women." Yet this diverse group still found a way to unite and save 63 Polish Catholic women, many of whom were just high school and college students, who had been horribly maimed by Nazi experimental surgeries on their legs and slated for execution. Not only did this international group of female prisoners pull off one of the most amazing concentration camp rescues of the war, but ensured that the courageous young Polish women, nicknamed the "Rabbits," survived to testify at the Nuremberg Trials against their Nazi doctors. Saving the Rabbits of Ravensbrück tells the story of how women survive and resist - and this is our last chance to hear how they did it, in their own words, before the last of these heroes is lost to time.


The Team

I've been incredibly fortunate to have Martha Hall Kelly, author of the instant New York Times best seller Lilac Girls, as part of our team. I also have an incredibly skilled and talented production and visual team, who have decades of domestic and international experience in film and television. In terms of my own background, I've produced and directed commercials, my own feature film, and most recently, an Emmy-award winning program currently airing nationally on PBS. This is a team of talented professionals - who believe passionately in the mission of this film.


What We Need & What You Get

The money raise previously through this site helped us travel to Ravensbrück and Poland earlier this year and were able to interview three of the "Rabbits," but have just found another surviving "Rabbit" in Warsaw. We need your help to travel to Poland ASAP to interview her (she is 98), as well as another survivor in the camp who participated in their rescue.

Great news! We've raised almost all we need for this trip, but need just $12,000 more. We are offering some wonderful perks, including a free download of the finished film or DVD, signed copies of the instant NYT best seller Lilac Girls, and even access to footage and photographs that may not be in the final film.

PERKS

$25 USD Friends of the Rabbits

  • A personal thank you
  • Name listed on our website

$50 USD Friends of the Scouts

  • Digital download of the film
  • Name listed on our website
  • A personal thank you

$100 USD Field of Lilacs

  • Free Digital Download and DVD of the Film
  • Personal thank you note
  • Name listed on official website

$300 USD Friends of the Resistance

  • Signed Hardcover: Lilac Girls (Ships to: United States while supplies last)
  • Signed DVD of the film
  • Personal thank you note
  • Name listed on official website

$500 USD Ferriday Club

  • 2 tickets to the Premiere
  • Signed Hardcover: Lilac Girls (Ships to: United States while supplies last)
  • Personal thank you note
  • Signed DVD of film
  • Name listed on official website

$1000 USD Contributing Producer

  • 2 tickets to the premiere
  • 2 VIP tickets to the premiere party
  • Special Access to film clips and photographs
  • Signed Hardcover: Lilac Girls (Ships to: United States while supplies last)
  • Personal thank you note
  • Signed DVD of the film
  • Name and credit listed on official website

$5000 USD Associate Producer

  • Name listed in film credits
  • 4 tickets to the premiere
  • 4 VIP tickets to the premiere party
  • Associate Producer Cocktail Party with Martha and Stacey
  • Special access to film clip and photographs
  • Signed Hardcover: Lilac Girls (Ships to: United States while supplies last)
  • Personal thank you note
  • Signed DVD of the final film
  • Name and credit listed on official website

$10000 USD Co-Producer

  • Name listed in film credits
  • 6 tickets to the premiere
  • 6 VIP tickets to the premiere party
  • Producer Lunch with Martha and Stacey
  • Special access to film clips and photographs
  • Signed Hardcover: Lilac Girls (ships to US while supplies last)
  • Personal thank you note
  • Signed DVD of the final film
  • Name and credit listed in official website
$25,075 Raised
68% towards $36,800 Goal

Supported by 98 Donations:

  • Chelsea H.
    I Gave $25
  • Tina S.
    I Gave $50
  • Cecilia V.
    I Gave $25
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    A story that must be remembered.
  • Sara L.
    I Gave $100
    Wish I could give more!
  • David C.
    I Gave $50
    We really enjoyed learning about this and wish you all the best for the future of this project.
  • Dori D.
    I Gave $500
    Dori Dailey
  • Sheldon D.
    Remembrance should be forever.
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
    We must share this important story!
  • Sylvia K.
    I Gave $100
    Never forget
  • Marsha G.
  • Dorothy A.
    I Gave $25
    Dorothy J Ambruso
  • Christina B.
    I Gave $25
    This should never be forgotten!
  • Julie  R.
    I Gave $25
    I am inspired by the resilience and courage of the women who endured the horrors of the war.
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  • Tracy B.
    I Gave $300
    Just finished Lilac Girls....I was moved beyond words by their strength and perseverance in the face of terrifying evil.
  • Gidget A.
    I Gave $25
  • Kelly S.
    I Gave $25
    WWII is a huge passion of mine, but the untold stories are what I find to have the most sustinance and need to be fed all over the world!
  • Leah L.
    I Gave $25
    If you could get on Amazon smile I would choose this as my charitable donation with every purchase.
  • Laurie T.
    I Gave $50
    Such a wonderful story, thanks for making their voices heard.
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $50
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
    Lilac Girls should be read by every Book Group in the world.
  • Pamela C.
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  • Elizabeth C.
    I Gave $50
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    I Gave $50
  • Pam A.
    I Gave $25
    For the truth of what happened at Ravensbruck, for the Rabbits, and for my daughter, an aspiring film maker, who will be making films like yours soon.
  • Lisa W.
    I Gave $100
    Proud to be related to this remarkable woman! Lisa Ferriday Vilas Weismiller
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    I Gave $25