Tanya Gersh’s peaceful life was upturned when she became the target of a neo-Nazi website that threatened to lead an armed march to run her out of her home in Whitefish, Montana.
Tanya Gersh’s peaceful life was upturned when she became the target of a neo-Nazi website that threatened to lead an armed march to run her out of her home in Whitefish, Montana. Almost 80 years ago, Stephen Jacobs and his family were forced to leave their home in Lodz, Poland when the Nazi persecution of Jewish people across Europe began. Tanya reaches into past to understand her present trauma, and connects with Stephen’s resistance against hate. Set in different time and place, the intersection of their stories reveals the parallels in the lexicon and methodology of anti-Semitism in contemporary America and the Nazi Germany. By setting Tanya’s personal story on a larger canvas of our human history, “Then They Came For Us” puts into perspective the clear and present danger of white supremacy and its return to the mainstream in America.
About the Director
As a descendant of immigrants displaced by conflict, Eunice Lau is drawn to stories about the journey of the immigrant and the profundity of hyphenated identities. It’s this inheritance that makes her cognizant of injustice, and her storytelling personal. Her documentary Accept the Call, set in Minnesota’s Somali community explores the impact of injustice and intergenerational trauma. It aired on PBS Independent Lens after screening at acclaimed festivals such as Human Rights Watch and Woodstock. A former journalist, Eunice’s works have appeared on Discovery Channel and Al Jazeera English. Her work is supported by Jerome Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Woodstock Film Festival, ITVS, Chicken & Egg Pictures, North Point Institute, and YouTube Impact Lab. She is featured in publications including New York Times, Variety, and Filmmaker Magazine. A Masters of Fine Arts film graduate from NYU, Eunice is born and raised in Singapore and lives in Queens on Lenape land.
Eunice Lau & Brooke Swaney
Editor and Writer
Director of Photograph