“Audacious… an offbeat romantic comedy.” - Variety
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.
71 mins / Hebrew, German (English subtitles)
Director — Yonatan Nir