From Galicia to Aargau
Trails of a Jewish European in the 20th century

A documentary film by Susanne and Peter Scheiner
Duration: 45 minutes
Languages: German (O), English
© AVA Scheiner AG / Zürich


- Zürich, Kino Xenix, December 2007
- Kilchberg, Ref. Kirchgemeinde, September 2007
- Zürich, Israelitische Cultusgemdeinde, July 2007
- Brugg, Kino Odeon, March 2007


- International Festival of Local Televisions, Kosice, Slovakia, 2014
-Jewish Eye - 5th World Jewish Film Festival, Ashkelon, Israel, 2008
-Swiss Film & Videofestival Spiez and Thun, 2008
-Jewish Motifs IV International Filmfestival Warsaw, 2007
-Jewish Filmfestival Vienna, 2007

On Television (3SAT)

1st broadcast: June 2007
2nd broadcast: 9 May 2008


Heute, 05.12.2007, Seite 21
Heute, 05.12.2007, Seite 22
Thalwiler Anzeiger, 30.06.2007
Tages Anzeiger, 21.06.2007



German and English
Distribution: www.artfilm.ch


English (pdf)
German (pdf)


Jerzy Czarnecki, the protagonist of the film, could have contented himself with a quiet retirement after many years of work as a nuclear technologist for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. But he is driven to act: he has unique memories and feels a pressing obligation to share them. Starting with a journey to Mosty Wielkie (in today's Ukraine), the town where he spent his youth and which he had to leave in 1942, the film tracks the key places and events in Jerzy's life. These include his flight from the Nazis in the Second World War, forced labour in Germany, starting a new life in Poland after the war and finally - caused by a resurge of open antisemitism in Poland beginning in 1967 - emigration to Switzerland in 1972. Jerzy's is a long road, paved with tragic and dramatic experiences - from life in a small Galician town to Windisch, another small place in the Swiss canton of Aargau.


A documentary film by Susanne and Peter Scheiner
Duration: 16 minutes
Languages: Ukrainian (O), English
© AVA Scheiner AG / Zürich


Shortly after the film "From Galicia to Aargau was finished, Jerzy donated a memorial to remember the Jewish people of Mosty Wielkie who under Nazi rule have been murdered or sent to extermination camps. The memorial site was placed in the forest where people were killed. The Epilogue shows the opening ceremony for the memorial, representatives of the cities's governement and of the churches took part as well as inhabitants. Soon after, in December 2007, Jerzy died. 2011 the memorial was destroyed; it is not known who done it and the Epiloge also documents how the people of Mosty deal with the matter.