“Triumph of the Spirit”: A New Film On the Life of Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis


triumph-of-the-spiritHolocaust films and literature are, to say the least, depressing and devastating – how else can they be? Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis’ new film entitled, “Triumph of the Spirit” is unique in its genre. While it depicts the Holocaust in all its horror and savage brutality, its dominant theme is hope, faith, and the triumph of the Jewish spirit. The film demonstrates that the spirit of man is infinitely more powerful than Hitler or his mighty armies and that the flame of faith is more intense than the fires of the crematorium. This long awaited film is a must see for secular, religious, young and old as it speaks to every heart. While the vintage photos, the music and the images are all captivating, it is Rebbetzin Jungreis’ personal story and voice that penetrates the soul and touches the deepest recesses of the heart in this compelling documentary.

In twenty minutes, the Rebbetzin conveys the history of this most satanic period in the annals of mankind in all its horrific detail, but remarkably, at the film’s conclusion the audience is left inspired rather than despondent. This was recently evidenced at a special screening at the Pierre Hotel in New York City as the audience responded in unison. Tears welled in every eye and the hushed silence in the room spoke volumes. The tears and the silence, however, were not tears of despair, but tears of pride – a determination to build a better world. “Triumph of the Spirit” represents an authentic testament to the triumph of the soul in the face of unspeakable adversities.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis’ personal saga is a welcome and urgently needed contribution to the corpus of films on the history of the Holocaust. Among the few survivors of that evil period who can still relate the story it is Rebbetzin Jungreis who has been blessed with the ability to speak to the hearts and souls of our generation.

“Triumph of the Spirit” will premiere for the general public on Tuesday evening, September 22nd at 8:00 p.m. at Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun, 125 East 85th Street, (corner of Lexington Avenue). There will be separate seating for men and women. Following the film, the Rebbetzin will address the audience. For tickets and information, please call Hineni at 212-496-1660.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Reb Esther is an icon in the world of kiruv.

    Any of you middle-age folks remember Nov. 18, 1973 when she spoke at a standing room only crowd at the Felt-Forum at Madison Square Garden? May hashem grant her continued inner & outer beauty to bring all the kids home to tatte in heaven.
    You should see & hear her speak in Yerushalayim, tshuva in front of your eyes.