The Vassar Jewish Students Union and the departments of history and religion presented the documentary film Image Before My Eyes (1981), depicting the lives of Polish Jews before the Holocaust. Intereviewed in October by Karen L. Roach '81 for The Miscellany News, Visiting Professor of English Jerome Badanes, scriptwriter for the film, said, "the subject was part of my background.  My parents were Jews from Poland and Russia.  Also, I enjoy talking to people for the film—the hardest part was getting them to see their lives with non-Holocaust eyes."

Commisioned by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the film, directed by Josh Waletzky, was shown nationally on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in the spring of 1981.