WASHINGTON – In the hit movie “Dunkirk,” British soldiers are trapped between the English Channel and the impending onslaught of the German army.
At stake is the capture or slaughter of 400,000 soldiers, the end of the British empire, and the conquest of Europe by Hitler’s Third Reich. All of this is a certainty unless a miracle happens.
In the same way, the true story of Holocaust survivor, Anita Dittman, involves an equally miraculous rescue. Her story is told in the book “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell: A Young Jewish Girl Discovers the Messiah’s Faithfulness in the Midst of the Holocaust.”
Anita is torn between two faiths: whether to embrace her Jewish birthright or claim her spiritual rebirth as a Christian.
- She struggles between two emotions: whether to hurt the enemy (the Nazis) who’ve imprisoned her or forgive them to set herself free from hate.
- Ultimately, Anita is trapped within herself: whether to succumb to the false hope of Hitler’s Germany or fight to opposite it no matter what.
This is the powerful story that WND Films is endeavoring to make. And we need your help to tell it. Just like “Dunkirk” is reminding a generation that freedom is not free … it costs everything. Anita’s story will help restore belief in God’s providence … and that He alone has paid true freedom’s cost.
WND is teaming up with George Escobar, vice president of WND Films, and Director Ken Carpenter to produce feature film based on “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell: A Young Jewish Girl Discovers the Messiah’s Faithfulness in the Midst of the Holocaust.”
WND has started a GoFundMe page to help defray the production costs of this exciting new film. You can donate to the film at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/make-a-hit-movie-with-wnd
An estimated $120,000 is needed to complete the initial investment package. Those funds will be enough to cover legal expenses, business operations, marketing plans and materials (promo reels, websites, posters, and press kits) as well as pre-production budgeting, scheduling, and location scouting. After this preliminary work is done, the film can be pitched to investors who will be able to fund the money necessary to begin the production and filming phase of the movie.
“The math is simple,” the GoFundMe page states. “If 2 percent of our WND audience of 6-8 million monthly visitors each donates $10 (that’s less than two cappuccinos, or lattes, or mochas from Starbucks), we’ll reach our film investor package goal of $120,000. If 10-15 percent of our audience donate, we can bypass the investors altogether, and make the movie immediately.”
The movie has been in story development for two years already, with research, scripting and storyboarding already finished. The money raised on the GoFundMe page will be used to continue the pre-production process and pitch the film to investors.
“Trapped in Hitler’s Hell” tells the story of Anita Dittman, a Jewish woman who survived 12 years under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.
Escobar thinks that it is crucially important that this film get made.
“If we forget our history, ignore our mistakes… we will suffer greatly by repeating them,” he said on the GoFundMe page.
Anita Dittman was born to a Jewish mother and an atheist father, but a Lutheran pastor led her to Jesus Christ when she was not quite 7 years old, just as World War II was breaking out. Over the dark years that followed, she relied on her faith to help her through circumstances that left many others crushed.
First, she was forced to labor in a canning factory with her mother. Then the Gestapo took her mother away, and young Anita was forced to survive on starvation rations. Soon after, the Gestapo came for Anita and hauled her off to Barthold, a forced labor camp. She and a few of her fellow prisoners escaped but were later recaptured. Then she escaped again, this time for good.
But her troubles were not over, as she found herself in the middle of a street during the Allied bombing of Dresden, Germany. Yet, miraculously, Anita survived the bombing unharmed. She also survived a stay in a Nazi hospital, where a nurse tried to kill her by neglecting her leg wound.
The leg wound actually saved Anita from being raped. While hiding in a bomb shelter with fellow hospital patients, a crowd of Russian soldiers burst in and started raping female patients. Two of them grabbed Anita and threw her to the floor – but when they saw her mangled leg, they left her alone to look for a more appealing victim.
When Anita finally was discharged from the hospital, she was told she wouldn’t walk normally for a year. Her Nazi doctors had not given her a cane or crutches, and she still had to travel a long way to find out if her mother was alive or dead. She put her fate in God’s hands.
“I stepped out [of the hospital] and I said, ‘Lord, I don’t have a cane. I don’t have a crutch. I don’t know where I’m going. All I want is to find my mother, so lead me, guide me, and hold onto me. Be my crutch,'” Dittman told WND. “And He was! I started to walk normally within a week, but I sure had to lean on Christ. And I lean on Christ yet, but not just for walking, but for my life.”
In 2015, Dittman was given the first-ever “Heroine of the Faith: Crown of Life Award” from the Bott Radio Network at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
If you would like to donate to help get this film off the ground, you can do so at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/make-a-hit-movie-with-wnd.