There Is Many Like Us

8.11 h 26 min202013+
In 1943, Max Fronenberg spent one year digging a secret underground tunnel to escape out of a prison camp in Warsaw, Poland during the Holocaust while saving fifteen other prisoners in the process and forced to leave behind the love of his life, Rena, in the prison.
Josh Webber
Tyler MauroKayliegh Gilbert
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SajujamaReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully made documentary
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I loved watching the story of Rena and Max. I feel many more people need to know how those who suffered during the Holocaust survived, to understand what they went through, the strength of the human spirit, and show that something even close to the Holocaust should never happen again. The story is told by the grandson and I'm so glad he was able to get that history from his grandparents and share it with the world. There are a few graphic moments, but there is a warning at the beginning of the film so be warned.
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linda galellaReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Five star story that’s stunted by
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homemade production but don’t let that stop you from watching this compelling docudrama with heart.

Max Fronenberg, a Polish Jew who survived a concentration camp outside Warsaw by digging a tunnel, is the subject of this film, done by his grandson. It’s split between documentary and re-enactment of events that happened during and shortly after the war.

The re-enactment portions are done with obvious love and respect for Max and his considerable accomplishments. Unfortunately, it barely rises to an amateur level - terrible costumes, hairstyles, EYEBROWS. These things are difficult to over look and very distracting. Fortunately, the story is amazing and Max is a guy you’re gonna love so it’s not impossible to focus on WHAT is happening rather than how it looks.

While in the camp, Max meets Rena, “the youngest girl in the place”, and he falls head over heels for her. Due to their circumstances, their relationship is limited to a few stolen moments every few days. Because Max is so well liked by the German guards, he’s able to keep Rena safe as a seamstress and he makes her boots, shoes, and keeps her paperwork from “coming up”, a life sparing “favor”.

Max’s good relationships with the guards and his ability to get them to trust him are what ultimately enable him to organize the digging of the escape tunnel. He and 16 others, including his father, were able to successfully escape from the prison camp in Warsaw. Max hooked up with an Underground Railroad and eventually made his way to Canada.

There’s lots more to this story and eventually he and Rena do find each other; a delayed love story that’s lovely and destined from their early years in the horrors of Warsaw. You won’t want to miss it.

Some of the footage from the concentration camp is very difficult to watch: skeletal bodies being gassed, dumped in mass graves, jammed into gas chambers, hangings, point blank shootings of adults and children. None of this is done gratuitously but it is stark. It’s shown in black & white which for me, keeps it from being graphic. Also, the images and scenes do not linger, it’s not sensationalized in anyway.

With the above in mind, this film would be a good vehicle to introduce the tragedy of the Holocaust to your mature children; perhaps 12-14+ depending on their emotional maturity. In no way should they watch without an adult who’s prepared to discuss the subject and answer questions. Definitely not for younger children but the family theme is strong and the grandson’s love for his grandparents is beautifully displayed. After watching this special film you will be certain that indeed “There is Many Like Us”🍿

April History Fact or Fiction 2021 #12
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Todd BruceReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful story of love in the darkest of times.
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“There Is Many Like Us” is a compelling story of love and heartbreak in times of struggle. It is the perfect documentary to watch for people that have no personal experience involving the Holocaust. It gives a new Point of View to this generation that they would not have otherwise. The documentary helps us to understand the personal struggles that people had during the Holocaust. The story is one that will educate you but also touch you. The true love story that is shown throughout the film is one that cannot be ignored, it is simply beautiful.
Before watching this film I had some knowledge on the subject of the Holocaust but I had never heard of this story before. I knew of the struggles that Jews had during WWll and of the camps and prisons they were sent to. This documentary has given me another point of view concerning the Jews, a couple in love when it is too dangerous to do anything about it. When I read the description I expected to see well done documentary about a young couple’s story of how they wound up together. I found that there was so much more to the story. It shows the lives of people in a prison and how desperate some became to end their time in the prison one way or another. For Max it was escape, for Rena it was waiting and hiding her ethnicity.
It becomes very clear that the main subject of the film is the story of a man named Max, a young girl named Rena, and their relationship that starts as meer friendship but grows into something much stronger. It is their story of hope in the Holocaust. After months of forced work in the prison, Max realized that everyone would be killed eventually; even him. He knew he had to get out. He and several other men decided that the best way of escape was to dig a tunnel to the sewage pipes. It took a year and a lot of close calls and precautions but eventually they finished the tunnel. Max was forced to leave Rena. After the war Max got word from his friend that Rena was still alive. He found her and they were very happy together. But it didn’t last. Max had to leave again. They were separated for years. They both moved on in life and were happy in their separate marriages. Thirty years later, their spouses died of sickness. Over the course of time, Max and Rena fell in love again. They are now happily married and have been for twenty seven years.
During the documentary there were many reenactments used. I would say that over half was reenacted. This was very helpful to me because I was able to see the story as it was happening not just hearing it. It helped to keep my attention and see what life was like then. Often times there were voice overs by the real people that went through those situations over the reenactment. It made it feel like they were remembering the story as they told it. There were also many interviews with Max, Rena, and their friends from the prison. This helped us to see how they are today and hear from their own mouth what happened. By their facial expressions and gestures, we got another experience.
I enjoyed this documentary. I liked the story telling factor of this documentary. It kept my interest and helped me understand what the characters really went through. I have learned how hard it was to escape a prison but also that it was possible for some people. I have learned that throughout all that secrecy and darkness, hope and truth can come forward in unexpected ways. Love can grow under the harshest of conditions.
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AM/FMReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is not a drama or a movie! It is a documentary, poorly done!
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You have to dig into the details to find out that this is a documenatry. Even though Amazon puts it in my recommendations as a "MOVIE" they think I'll like, it is NOT A MOVIE. I'm a fan of good WWII Movies and a history buff of the period. But when I'm expecting a movie, a documentary is more like going to a college class to hear a lecture. Disappointmen is an understatement. Even in the details they loosely refer to this a a drama, probablly because of some poorly done Black and White reenactments. But that only adds to the disappointment because of the poor acting and casting. To give this any more than one star would be to devalue all the fine work done by better actors and directors.
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Cheryl HarperReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredibly Moving
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This movie is just beautiful. It is hard to believe that it was primarily put together by a grandson. There are so many layers to it. The filmography is amazing. How the story keeps moving along. It really taps into your emotionality. God brought all of these people through. I hope that He will let me be with my Papa, Elmer Randolph again soon. In Heaven. I am tired and I need the love.
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GiorgigirlReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2020
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Interesting story amateur film making
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The headline says it all. The story may have been most compelling, but I couldn't watch it through because this was some of the most sophomoric film making I've seen in some time. The reenactments were poorly done and sometimes not accurate. For example, who was the Nazi with the long wavy hair supposed to be? I've never seen such a haircut in any archival footage.
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Me2Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Story of Hope and Resilience ~ and Love
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Max & Rena met in German concentration/work camp where every minute could be one's last here on earth. He was drawn to her and she in return to him; they had snippets of moments together which lay the groundwork for a bond that survives time.
Max and other men plan and carry out their escape, but life isn't roses on the outside but at least they are free from camp life. They must be on guard to not be captured so move from save house to safe house/locations>
The war ends, and miraculously they survive and connect. However circumstances delay their contact again, and her father marries her off to someone. Max returns.... but too late. Each is devastated, but she remains true to her marriage vows, and he goes on to marry and have a great life with Halina. After Halina's death, they reconnect and eventually marry to the joy of their friends & family.
Their grandson (his or hers I'm not sure) put this film together and what a treasure it is for their family!
They survive the horrors of Hitler's war to thrive and live their lives successfully.
An enjoyable watch!
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