The Holocaust in Film: “There Was Once”

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Gyöngyi Magó is a Catholic high school teacher in Kalocsa, Hungary. While doing research in local history, she discovers the lost Jewish community that once thrived there. Engaging her students in her research, she teaches tolerance and fights prejudice, in a country where the extreme right tries to renew racial tensions. Produced in 2012 by...
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The Holocaust in Film: “Divided We Fall”

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This dramatic comedy, set in a small Czech town during the last years of World War II, explores what abnormal times do to normal people. Josef and Marie are a childless couple who yearn for a baby. Unfortunately, he is sterile. What unfolds blurs the moral distinction between victim, collaborator, and perpetrator. Directed by Jan...
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The Holocaust in Film: “Forgotten Transports”

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A series of four documentaries about the little-known ordeals of Czech Jews during World War II.  Lukas Pribyl, did more than track down survivors or burrow through film archives and deportation records. Over 10 years and visits to 30 countries, he hunted down photographs of SS camp commanders and snapshots taken by local residents and...
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The Holocaust in Film: “1945”

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"They’re back”… the visiting men in black hats aren’t villains out for revenge, but Orthodox Jews who have come to a Hungarian village at the end of the war. Their purpose is unclear. The veneer of civility, built over the village’s foundation of treachery, begins to unravel. Director Ferenc Török paints a complex picture of a...
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