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Sewer Worker

Local Address: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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Planet : Retail Films, 5 April 2013 [cached]
Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland, one day encounters... [Read more]
Leopold Socha, a sewer ..., 13 Feb 2013 [cached]
Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi-occupied city in Poland, one day encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town's sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. What starts out as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement turns into something very unexpected, the unlikely alliance between Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha's conscience.
The story of the survival of ..., 18 Mar 2012 [cached]
The story of the survival of a small group of Jews in the sewers of Lvov, aided by a Polish sewer worker called Leopold Socha, has been made into an Oscar-nominated film called In Darkness, directed by Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland.
It was Socha, a Polish Catholic sewer worker, who made their survival possible. Initially bringing them food and supplies for money (paid by Ignacy on behalf of the group) he continued to do so long after the money ran out. He risked everything, his own wife and child included. In the film and Chiger's memoir, Socha comes across as a fascinating, complex, ordinary and heroic man. "We always call him the angel," Chiger says.
Socha took extraordinary risks for them on a daily basis.
"When Socha came, my mother told him but he was too afraid to go to the pharmacy. It would look suspicious. Instead, Socha went away and returned unexpectedly an hour later with the ingredients for a Jewish remedy made with eggs and sugar called kogel mogel. "It was more than one kilometre each way and you had to crawl through a tiny tunnel," she continues. "Socha had carried four eggs in a handkerchief in his teeth to keep them safe, manoeuvring the whole way on his knees and elbows. He was afraid it would be too late if he waited until the next day. Another time, when Chiger stopped talking because of the trauma, Socha carried her through the tunnels, opened a manhole and let her catch a glimpse of the world above, to show her that it was still there, that she would walk in it again soon.
Socha brought the group out of a manhole into ravaged Lvov where a small crowd had gathered. Of a Jewish population of 150,000 just three nuclear families had survived. The Chigers were one of them.
"My brother was so little he had forgotten how real life looked," she remembers of that day.
Movie Central Supports | Movie Central, 22 Dec 2012 [cached]
A true story of Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Nazi-occupied Lvov, Poland. Stumbling upon a group of Jews in the sewers, he agrees to hide them for a price. A straightforward busines
Nominated in the category of Best ..., 21 Mar 2013 [cached]
Nominated in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, In Darkness is an oftentimes harrowing and claustrophobic film that dramatises the true story of Catholic Sewer worker Leopold Socha, who uses his familiarity with the layout of the sewers to hide a group of Jewish refugees in Lwów during Nazi occupation.
Initially seeing an opportunity to benefit financially off of the horrors of the war by agreeing to hunt stragglers that have eluded authorities during the liquidation of the ghetto, Socha soon stumbles across some surviving Jews who had managed to avoid deportation or slaughter who offer him a more money if he'll keep them hidden and provided for. A former thief, Leopold is tempted by the promise of a regular payday and agrees to assist.
Looting homes abandoned by the Jews with his accomplice Szczepek and hunting Jews for pay, Leopold isn't your archetypical hero. Unaffiliated with either side of the conflict, he embarks on a risky endeavour that may put his family at risk, not for reasons of altruism but for the simple purpose of sating his own greed. One feels that if the Jewish survivors didn't have enough money between them to trump the Nazi's price on their head, he would have turned them in at the drop of a hat.
Starting the film morally ambiguous and motivated by dubious voracity, Leopold isn't the most likable of protagonists and certainly isn't portrayed in the same light of adulation as, say, Oskar Schindler.
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