Russian Jews: Film Two—1914 - 1948 captures a 30-year period of significant Jewish participation in every domain of Soviet political and cultural life including Leon Trotsky's role as the founder of the Red Army; artist Marc Chagall's early career; the first Soviet popular music stars; writers, with Isaac Babel in the lead, and other figures and fates, without which the grandiose Soviet ‘project’ is impossible to understand.
The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfred Israel
“Never in my life have I come in contact with a being so noble, so strong and as selfless as he was” - Albert Einstein on Wilfrid Israel
A wealthy Jewish businessman and owner of Berlin’s largest department store in the 1930s, Wilfrid Israel was involved in the rescue of tens of thousands of Jews, and played a key role in the WWII Kindertransport operation. Israel was also a member of one of Germany’s most prominent Jewish families and acquainted with some of the most influential figures of the 20th century, yet little is known about his personal life and heroic endeavors. Why did his story remain untold? What was there to hide?
The mysterious story becomes personal as filmmaker Yonatan Nir, born on Israeli kibbutz, Hazorea, home to the Wilfrid Israel Museum of East Asian Art, takes us on an adventure in search of this extraordinary man, and the real reasons for his disappearance from history.
Editor Tal Brog will introduce the session in Sydney on Mon 13 Nov at 6:30pm
71 mins / Hebrew, German (English subtitles)
Director — Yonatan Nir