"[T]he story tracks Sara’s grueling months hiding out on the increasingly beleaguered farm. Whether it’s deflecting Pavlo’s baser intentions, keeping Pavlo and Nadya’s sexual secrets, enduring the terrors of the area’s Nazi occupiers or braving a marauding band of Russian partisans, Sara’s keen and crafty survival instincts are always on display — and stirring to behold." — Los Angeles Times

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An award-winning feature film based on a true story of survival, produced in association with USC Shoah Foundation.

My Name Is Sara shares the story of Sara Góralnik who at age 13 survived the Holocaust by passing as a Christian after her family was killed by Nazis.

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Live Zoom Discussion about My Name Is Sara

Moderated by Finci-Viterbi Executive Director Stephen D. Smith with special guests Zuzanna Surowy, Lead Actress (starring as Sara); Steven Oritt, Director/Producer; David Himmelstein, Screenwriter; Mickey Shapiro, Executive Producer and USC Shoah Foundation Board of Councilors Executive Committee Member; and Andy Intrater, Executive Producer and USC Shoah Foundation Board of Councilors Executive Committee Member

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The award-winning film My Name Is Sara was produced in association with USC Shoah Foundation. We also encourage you to be part of our discussion and breathe life and light into the stories of the past by contributing your own family history.

Please share with us a family photograph with a one-sentence caption that gives us a window into your story.

Email them to SFFamilyalbum@gmail.com to be a part of this meaningful collection. Submissions may be included by USC Shoah Foundation in an online gallery and on social media channels.

“When I see my mother Sara surrounded by all of us, I am reminded of her incredible resilience and miraculous will to survive—eventually building a family of her own here in the United States.
My Name Is Sara is in honor of her defiant act to continue her legacy on behalf of her family who perished along with millions of others in the Holocaust.”

—Mickey Shapiro, Second Generation Survivor – Executive Producer My Name Is Sara

Sara (Góralnik) Shapiro with her husband, Asa, surrounded by family.
Sara Shapiro (seated from second right) surrounded by her family

USC Shoah Foundation Family Album

My Name Is Sara

“You can’t just close your eyes and pretend that the history goes away,” says Mickey Shapiro the eldest son of two Holocaust survivors who just finished a four-year-long journey to create a film about his mother’s story. “I am stuck with this for life, but I think it makes me more motivated. When you hear a story like that from your parents, you want to make things better.”

Sara In Her Own Words

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Watch her full testimony in USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive

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