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Steal a Pencil for Me -- 1940- The Nazis invade a neutral Holland and Jews are later deported. Jack, his wife and his new love, Ina, find themselves in the same barrack in a concentration camp. When Jack's wife objects to the  'girlfriend' in spite of their unhappy marriage, Jack


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STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME is a compelling documentary feature film by Academy Award® nominee Michèle Ohayon... See more » | Add synopsis »
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J.P. Gillain ... Young Jaap's hand shots (as Jean-Pierre Gillain)

Jeroen Krabbé ... Jack Polak (voice)
Marieke Oudejans ... Ina's hands
Jack Polak ... Himself
Ina Soep ... Herself
Ellen Ten Damme ... Ina Soep (voice)

Directed by
Michèle Ohayon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michèle Ohayon 

Produced by
Bryan O'Brien .... line producer
Michèle Ohayon .... producer
Theo van de Sande .... producer
Ted Sarandos .... executive producer
Jos van der Linden .... line producer
Original Music by
Joseph Julián González 
Cinematography by
Theo van de Sande 
Film Editing by
Kate Amend 
Sound Department
Michael Bard .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominik Bollen .... additional dialogue recording mixer
Georges Bossaers .... sound mixer
Matt Meyer .... sound editor
Larry Scharf .... sound mixer
Brad Spradlin .... foley artist
James Ziegler .... additional sound
Visual Effects by
Karl Shields .... graphics and visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Samuel Ameen .... additional photographer (as Sam Ameen)
Michael Pinkey .... additional photographer
Remco van de Kant .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Matt Devino .... assistant on-line editor
Katie Flint .... associate editor
Thom Whitehead .... on-line editor
Music Department
Michael Bard .... additional music editor
Keith Stark .... score music mixer
Other crew
Alex Swart .... title designer: main titles
Jeff Scheftel .... special thanks
Eyal Sher .... special thanks

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USA:94 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Love flourishes even in mankind's darkest hour, 14 November 2012
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Michele Ohayon's "Steal a Pencil for Me" is a moving documentary about two Dutch Holocaust survivors who carried on a love affair - largely through a surreptitious exchange of letters - while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Though Jack was with his wife at the time, he nevertheless fell in love with Ina, a 20-year-old woman, who immediately became the love of his life.

As seen in present-day interviews (circa 2006), Jack and Ina make a delightful Old World couple, he in his 90s and she ten years younger. Ina, in particular, exudes a beauty and grace that, even in her 80s, reveal the fetching and bewitching girl who caught Jack's eye and captured his heart all those years ago. They also possess a charming sense of humor and a positive view of life and humanity that are only occasionally dimmed by the tears brought on by the memories of horrors past.

Yet, while there is plenty of footage chronicling those horrors, the focus of the film is on showing how beauty and love were able to flourish even in mankind's darkest hour. It's well worth seeing.

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