The Train I Missed


A warm hearted story about the worst thing that ever happened.

The Train I Missed is a feature documentary intended for the educational market with a focus on one man’s journey revisiting his experiences as a hidden child during the Holocaust. The film follows retired businessman Ernst Van Gelderen as he recounts the key events of his early years during World War II. Along the way his personal memories are juxtaposed against the historical context of those times provided by several renowned European experts. Ernst’s powerful memories from one of the most traumatic time periods in history will leave you questioning the meaning of fate and your definition of family while thinking about the power of a community coming together in resistance.

We are currently in post-production and plan to complete the project by early 2019! Stay tuned for upcoming screenings and events.


Heartstone Studios Ernst and Lies Van Gelderen with Bill and Karina Williams from 2016

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