The Krakow Family Who Survived the Holocaust

Christina Knight | November 30, 2021

Two men and five women post in a color photo.

The Neiger family.

They Survived Together premieres Monday, December 6 at 10 p.m. and Sunday, December 12 at 7 p.m. on THIRTEEN. The film will livestream at thirteen.org/live and stream on demand as a THIRTEEN Special.

The Neiger family was living a peaceful life in the Jewish community in Krakow. Then World War II changed their lives forever. The documentary They Survived Together  tells the story of their miraculous escape from certain death by the Nazis in the Krakow Ghetto — with four small children. Siblings Cesia, Ben, Hanka, Basia, and Tosia share firsthand accounts of their family’s journey to freedom. They are said to be one of the only families to escape and survive as an intact family.

The Neiger siblings.

It’s chilling to hear Tosia explain in the film, “Nobody expected to survive. That wasn’t even the motivation behind making the decision to get out of the ghetto. It really was a question of how they were choosing to die rather than survive.”

They Survived Together  is by New York filmmaker John Rokosny. He learned of the family’s story after meeting Hanka in a Lower East Side eatery, according to an article in J-Voice.

Hanka at the Neiger parents gravesite.