Janka is the compelling account of Janka Festinger, from Sighet, Romania, who survived the Nazi Holocaust, fell in love and married an American soldier, and immigrated to the United States to live the American Dream. At 75, she finally shares her story…


The film production of JANKA opened with success, and raving reviews at the Fresno Art Museum in early April. Vivid, powerful, and real life, JANKA finally told her story of surviving the Holocaust. Performed by Janice Noga, Janka: A Holocaust Survivor is a deeply moving account of her grueling odyssey of self-realization that is testimony to her love of life, and will to survive.

Experience this unforgettable, emotional film, available for streaming on Vimeo on- demand. Click here to stream now, or watch the trailer!


The film production of JANKA has been submitted to 18 film festivals. You can see the list here.


Janka is a journey through two of history's most notorious death camps, AUSCHWITZ and DACHAU, to the shores of the United States, and the embrace of the American Dream. Adapted from her sixty-page handwritten letter, it describes in striking detail, the events of the Nazis' interment of Romanian Jews in 1944. This "grueling odyssey of self-realization that is testimony to her will to survive, poses the ultimate dilemma, whether or not to share painful personal memories to illuminate an incomprehensible and unbearable truth." Adam Rothenberg, a NY critic, called Janice Noga's performance "mesmerizing." Click here to read Adam Rothenberg's review.


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Fresno, CA 93744-4289

Phone: (559) 284-8247



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Fresno Arts Council

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Fresno, CA 93721

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