A Look Back


On January 27, 2014, Greg Pappas wrote an article titled Freedom or Death … On Holocaust Remembrance Day. The article detailed a widely unknown but widely important tale of heroism and sacrifice. Two years of hard work and fervent collaboration later, the Eleftheromania film project was born.

It started with the name. Greg Pappas writes, “Eleftheromania…it’s a word first used in French literature during the time of their revolution, describing man’s innate desire to be free. Incidentally, it comes from two Greek words— eleftheros (free) and mania (desire or madness).”

Pappas delved headlong into the unsung story, sifting through the archives at Auschwitz-Birkenau, scaling the barracks where our 446 heroes once dwelt, and reading harrowing testimony after testimony of Greek and Hungarian prisoners in Auschwitz.

A transport list Pappas uncovered in the Auschwitz-Birkenau archives that includes the 446 prisoners from Corfu and Athens (see #49).

Where passion lives, passion follows. Soon Eleftheromania became a team of over 70 talented people including consummate actors, passionate extras, and a fantastic crew.

Directed by David Antoniuk, written by Joanna Tsanis, and produced by Greg Pappas, Joanna Tsanis, and Chuck Scott, Eleftheromania will finish filming in February of 2017

to be shared with the world soon after.


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