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Published on Sep 5, 2011
My partner's grandfather, Joe Rozenberg, one of the subjects of Hoppets Hamn (Harbour of Hope) giving a speech after the Swedish premiere in Malmö, Sweden on August 31, 2011.
Translation: Mina dammer och herrar.
Thank you so very much for having me and my family come here and partake in the premier of the documentary, "Harbor of hope". Special thanks to my friend Stig Kinnhagen for looking for me for the last 65 years. Thanks to Producer Magnus Gertten for finding me on the internet, and I don't have to tell you how much work goes in to make a movie like this one where, there are only regular people with no experience in acting. Magnus and his camera man Jon Rudberg flying thousands of miles no matter what kind of weather or how many times, for their patience and effort without stop to pursue time and time again so we would have a good idea about the people who arrived at these shores in 1945, going with me visiting my wife at the nursing home whom I met in Molle in August 1945 and filming the same for hours. There is no question what a pleasant impression your country made on us after leaving behind our bedeviled place in Germany. If all the ink in the world would be used up for writing down our past, there would still be stories to tell of life in the camps during the Holocaust. We are endangered specie and hope that our past would influence future generations what not to do to other humans. As you can witness I pretty much succeeded in building a family here in Sweden and later on another continent. And here is my family. ( family get up) But my thirteen years living here in Sweden were years of growing up happiness and a peaceful life. Breathing free air and being able to express myself my views on life without hindrance. Today I also have my chance to thank the Swedish people for opening their doors for us in 1945 and as far as I know they are still open. Thank you! I only wish my wife Rose would have lived enough to witness this celebration since I owe her much for sharing with me our happy life we had for 62 years together. Today's celebration gives me also a chance to thank the Swedish people for opening their doors for us in 1945 and as far as I know they are still open Thank you!