Veronica Phillips The Secret Survivor

Veronica Phillips The Secret Survivor
Ster Kinekor Nouveau

Documentary Film / Holocaust Survivor Story

"Veronica Phillips The Secret Survivor"

Veronica Phillips (92 year old living in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a Hungarian Jew who was arrested by the Arrow Cross in Budapest and deported on 1 December 1944 from Budapest to Ravensbrück (a Nazi concentration camp for women) where she could have ended up in the gas chambers. While in Ravensbrück, Veronica was "by luck" selected as laborer and taken to work in Penig (a sub-camp of Buchenwald concentration camp) where she suffered inhumane conditions.

After surviving a period in Penig, she was part of a group taken on a death march. At Johanngeorgenstadt, the group was liberated by the allies – only after many were killed by either the Nazis or starvation and fatigue.

She started an incredible journey, in an emaciated physical condition, back to Budapest to find her mother and brother… After WWII ended, Veronica became a Microbiologist and Geneticist at Brunel University and eventually moved to South Africa where she was a Microbiology lecturer at WITS (University of the Witwatersrand) for 20 years.

As a result of what she endured as a teenager under the Nazis, Veronica suffered eight miscarriages and could never have children. The only child she gave birth to survived less than two days.

The film features Veronica telling her story of surviving the Holocaust, with historians and experts providing insights into aspects related to the time when the story took place.

Film Information

Director: Johnathan Andrews
Running Time: 145 minutes
Release Date: 13 November 2018
Language: English

Media Release 30 October 2018

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Featured In The Film

Veronica Phillips ... Holocaust Survivor
Tali Nates ... Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre
François Wisard ... Chef Service historique - Département fédéral des affaires étrangères, Switzerland
Agnes Hirschi ... Stepdaughter of Carl Lutz
Lior Keinan ... Ambassador of Israel in South Africa (2018)
Martin Schäfer ... Ambassador of Germany in South Africa (2018)
Robert Rozett ... Senior Historian - Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
Helene Budliger Artieda ... Ambassador of Switzerland in South Africa (2018)


Film Premiere & Release

The film premiere took place on 13 November 2018 at Ster-Kinekor Rosebank Nouveau. This was followed by national Ster-Kinekor Nouveau film screenings in South Africa in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria.

The Embassy of Switzerland hosted the screening events in the four cities by making available free tickets to the public to attend, while the Embassy of Germany sponsored 100 tickets to fill an additional cinema in Cape Town. As a result nearly 1000 people were able to watch the film and share in the remarkable story!

The Secret Survivor by Johnathan Andrews
The Secret Survivor by Johnathan Andrews
The Secret Survivor by Johnathan Andrews

What People Say ...

It was amazing!

Was at the film last night it was amazing!

Nadine Katz
Johannesburg

The Secret Survivor
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2018-11-24T11:13:21+02:00

Nadine Katz
Johannesburg

Was at the film last night it was amazing!

I have never before come across the experience of the Hungarian Jews

The documentary was brilliant! We thoroughly enjoyed it. As you said it was long (perhaps it should be presented as two episodes) but extremely gripping. I was especially intrigued as I have a particular interest in the subject but had never before come across the experience of the Hungarian Jews. A truly fascinating (and tragic, naturally) story! Thank you for capturing it and preserving it for posterity!! Bravissimi!!!

Vittorio Dalla Cia
Cape Town

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:24:47+02:00

Vittorio Dalla Cia
Cape Town

The documentary was brilliant! We thoroughly enjoyed it. As you said it was long (perhaps it should be presented as two episodes) but extremely gripping. I was especially intrigued as I have a particular interest in the subject but had never before come across the experience of the Hungarian Jews. A truly fascinating (and tragic, naturally) story! Thank you for capturing it and preserving it for posterity!! Bravissimi!!!

We appreciated every minute of the good documentary

My two sons and my mother of 92 appreciated every minute of the good documentary. My mother is 6 months older then Veronica Philips. Moms mother was incarcerated in the Anglo Boer war concentration camps up n the old Transvaal +-1900 so it was very interesting for my mom. The boys were concerned about the facts. I’m glad we went together.

Kathleen Klass
Cape Town

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:22:47+02:00

Kathleen Klass
Cape Town

My two sons and my mother of 92 appreciated every minute of the good documentary. My mother is 6 months older then Veronica Philips. Moms mother was incarcerated in the Anglo Boer war concentration camps up n the old Transvaal +-1900 so it was very interesting for my mom. The boys were concerned about the facts. I’m glad we went together.

Be human in every respect

We were privileged to see “The Secret Survivor”.

We were once again reminded of our responsibility to be human in every respect.

Rika Du Plessis
Cape Town

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:19:11+02:00

Rika Du Plessis
Cape Town

We were privileged to see “The Secret Survivor”. We were once again reminded of our responsibility to be human in every respect.

Touched us deeply

Very profound and very informative.Touched us deeply.

Thank you for taking on these difficult but very necessary projects with Holocaust Survivors.

Jean Barnes
Pretoria

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:40:01+02:00

Jean Barnes
Pretoria

Very profound and very informative.Touched us deeply. Thank you for taking on these difficult but very necessary projects with Holocaust Survivors.

Her story is now preserved for future generations

I would like to congratulate you on your documentary "The Secret Survivor". You did a fantastic job at capturing Veronica`s personality and, thanks to you, her story is now preserved for future generations.

Susanna Harper
Johannesburg

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:28:09+02:00

Susanna Harper
Johannesburg

I would like to congratulate you on your documentary "The Secret Survivor". You did a fantastic job at capturing Veronica`s personality and, thanks to you, her story is now preserved for future generations.

It made a huge impact on me

Thank you very much for the privilege to see the film The Secret Survivor on Thursday night. It made a huge impact on me. Please give my appreciation to all who worked on this project.

Hilda Boozaaier
Cape Town

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:26:02+02:00

Hilda Boozaaier
Cape Town

Thank you very much for the privilege to see the film The Secret Survivor on Thursday night. It made a huge impact on me. Please give my appreciation to all who worked on this project.

You may forgive, but never forget.

Thank you and congratulations for that lesson of strength that gives one hope in the middle of the worst tragedy in mankind's history. By bringing us Veronica's testimony, you did put a real face to the tragedy.

And you may forgive, but never forget.

Pretoria

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:45:24+02:00

Pretoria

Thank you and congratulations for that lesson of strength that gives one hope in the middle of the worst tragedy in mankind's history. By bringing us Veronica's testimony, you did put a real face to the tragedy. And you may forgive, but never forget.

A life changing evening

Herewith my absolute thanks and gratitude for a life changing evening: My family and I were/are so touched by the magnificent presentation of Veronica Phillips’ life and bravery. Thank you for the opportunity to see the documentary, to sit in the same auditorium as this extraordinarily brave woman. Her story should be seen by more South Africans. We can glean from her journey in how we go forward, wherever we are. I send her blessings and love.

Tania du Toit
Pretoria

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:38:21+02:00

Tania du Toit
Pretoria

Herewith my absolute thanks and gratitude for a life changing evening: My family and I were/are so touched by the magnificent presentation of Veronica Phillips’ life and bravery. Thank you for the opportunity to see the documentary, to sit in the same auditorium as this extraordinarily brave woman. Her story should be seen by more South Africans. We can glean from her journey in how we go forward, wherever we are. I send her blessings and love.

Shattered by Veronica’s bravery

Thank you so much for the opportunity to see The Secret Survivor last night in Pretoria. I learnt so much and came away shattered by Veronica's bravery and the depth of depravity that we human beings can sink to.

Marianne Scholtz
Pretoria

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:36:01+02:00

Marianne Scholtz
Pretoria

Thank you so much for the opportunity to see The Secret Survivor last night in Pretoria. I learnt so much and came away shattered by Veronica's bravery and the depth of depravity that we human beings can sink to.

What a powerful story!

What a brave, strong, amazing lady Veronica Phillips is. What a powerful story! We, through our work are constantly reminded of the unimaginable horrors of that unprecedented period in our history, but when the story is told by the victim herself one realises how truly horrific those terrible years were, and that the pain of survival was almost as bad as what they had endured.

Durban Holocaust & Genocide Centre
Durban

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:26:57+02:00

Durban Holocaust & Genocide Centre
Durban

What a brave, strong, amazing lady Veronica Phillips is. What a powerful story! We, through our work are constantly reminded of the unimaginable horrors of that unprecedented period in our history, but when the story is told by the victim herself one realises how truly horrific those terrible years were, and that the pain of survival was almost as bad as what they had endured.

A dignified film approach to such a sad episode of the world’s history.

Thank you so much for inviting us to a very different, interesting and dignified film approach to such a sad episode of the world's history.

The extraordinary courage of Veronica Phillips forces the admiration.

Today, our world is in a chaotic situation, to say the least, and the human folly is marching on ... again ...

Nicole Duffey
Pretoria

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-26T14:36:13+02:00

Nicole Duffey
Pretoria

Thank you so much for inviting us to a very different, interesting and dignified film approach to such a sad episode of the world's history. The extraordinary courage of Veronica Phillips forces the admiration. Today, our world is in a chaotic situation, to say the least, and the human folly is marching on ... again ...

May she now find comfort

My friend and I enjoyed (if one can use that word) the screening of 'The Secret Survivor'.

Mrs Phillips is one brave and strong woman.  May she now find comfort now that she has shared her life story with the world.

May this world never again experience such horrific deeds done by man.

Valerie Deelman
Cape Town

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:20:21+02:00

Valerie Deelman
Cape Town

My friend and I enjoyed (if one can use that word) the screening of 'The Secret Survivor'. Mrs Phillips is one brave and strong woman.  May she now find comfort now that she has shared her life story with the world. May this world never again experience such horrific deeds done by man.

Probably the best survivor story ever

Veronica’s story is so outstanding - probably the best survivor story ever. Amazing... ultimately all four of us burst into tears.

Pretoria

The Secret Survivor
5.0
2018-11-24T11:48:18+02:00

Pretoria

Veronica’s story is so outstanding - probably the best survivor story ever. Amazing... ultimately all four of us burst into tears.
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REQUEST A SCREENING OF THE FILM

To request a screening of The Secret Survivor please contact Johnathan Andrews.

Phone: +27 82 852 7522 / Email: johnathan@johnathan-andrews.com


The film was made in proud association with:

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