Motherhood and motherland

08.10.2011                      11.Cheschwan. 5772

Kultur:

Motherhood and motherland

A discussion and screening at a film fest on Wednesday will look at Israeli and Polish mothers' roles in war, when they are expected to be both fighters and caretakers.

"How handsome he will be in uniform," gushes Nina, the Polish mother at the center of the film "Beyond the Steppes," about her infant son. "He will be the most handsome officer, like his father," she adds to her girlfriend.
The statement is not uttered in the idyll of peace but rather in the midst of World War II, after the father has gone off to battle and the mother has been deported from Poland by the Soviet Army. Together with her son she has been sent to the steppes of Siberia to work at a sovkhoz, a state farm….