When the Sun Was His Smile

In Darkness -- one of this year's nominees for Best Foreign Language Film -- opens February 10.  It is a remarkable film, and an extraordinary accomplishment. The title is both metaphorical and literal: the film takes place during the great darkness that descended on Europe during World War II, and the story unfolds mostly in the pitch-black sewers of Lvov.  In the pervasive darkness, Leopold Socha -- a Polish Catholic sewer worker and a thief -- hid Jews for 14 months in the same place he hid his stolen goods. The film is the result of an eight-year effort that began when Canadian David Shamoon read about Socha in a review of Martin Gilbert's 2003 book on righteous gentiles.  It made him want to learn why a criminal -- or anyone -- would risk his life and his family's lives to help strangers.  Shamoon contacted Gilbert, who told him about Robert Marshall's 1991 book In the Sewers of Lvov.  Shamoon bought the last copy of Marshall's book on Amazon and,...(Read Full Article)

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