Little America: The
Flourishing and Destruction of the Jewish Community in Mezritch, Poland
Jewish life began in Merzritch, Poland in 1511. A
modern and prosperous Jewish town, it was nicknamed “Little America” between the
two World Wars. On the eve of the Holocaust, 17,000 out of the 20,000 citizens
of Mezritch were Jews. Approximately 200 survived the war. Micha Friedman and
Ephraim Sidon take us on a fascinating journey through the economic, cultural,
social, and educational life of the community. With the help of archival film
and photos, as well as numerous interviews with survivors, Mezritch comes back
to life as it once was. But, alas, it is only for a brief moment - for today,
Jews no longer reside in “Little America.”
55 min., #678, Color, Hebrew
w/English subtitles, DVD, $39.95
Triumph of Survival
The Holocaust was never discussed in the Rubinstein home. Every story ever told had a happy ending. That was until Naomi Azar's parents took a trip back to Hungary. Accompanying them, camera in hand, the filmmaker captured her parents' until then untold stories of suffering, courage and indomitable will to survive. From her parents, we learn of the constant struggle between nostalgia for Hungarian traditions and their anger at their fellow Hungarians and the tension between the need to erase the effect of the Holocaust on their lives and the need to remember. The filmmaker also reflects on her need as a member of the "second generation" to realize the effect that the Holocaust has had on her, while appreciating the happy and normal family that her parents established in Israel. A warm and sensitive film about a family who chose life.
63 min., #613, Color, Hebrew w/English subtitles,
The Nazi Legacy
A group of six Swedish teenagers, two of whom are Jewish, embark upon
a journey to Auschwitz in an effort to try to comprehend the incomprehensible.
A preliminary visit to Wannsee, where the implementation of the "Final
Solution" was determined, sets the stage for the teens' pilgrimage.
Yet no amount of intellectual explanation of the facts as they occurred
can adequately prepare the group for their own emotional reactions after
having spent time in Auschwitz. A meeting with one of the camp's
survivors, proves to be at once full of pain and sorrow, yet full of hope
for the future. The pilgrimage comes full circle as the group returns
to Stockholm for a meeting with the son of a high ranking Nazi official.
They struggle to comprehend, "How could all this have happened?"
"Especially relevant for high-school students
who may also want to screen The Wannsee Conference."-Booklist
Selected Videos for Young Adults, American
International Emmy Award, Children & Young
Honorable Mention, 1994 Columbus Int'l Film/Video
33 min., #646, Color, DVD, $39.95