Director Maximilian Hodder (1916-1983) worked in the movie industries of Eastern Europe. While serving in the Polish Army during World War II, he was captured by the Soviets but managed to escape and went on to join the Royal Air Force. Hodder came to the United States in 1949 to work in Hollywood.
In this essay originally aired in the 1950s, Polish-American director Maximilian Hodder tells of his restored faith in humanity after escaping a Soviet gulag, in 'A New Birth of Freedom,' his contribution to NPR's This I Believe series.
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