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.
A Jew for Example (Un juif pour l'exemple)
“This potent drama could hardly be more relevant or effective.” - Variety
The writer Jacques Chessex was an eight-year-old boy in 1942 in the Swiss village of Payerne when he witnessed events, as detailed in his controversial novella, A Jew Must Die, that would change him forever.
Popular myth has it that Switzerland remained an innocent island amidst the horrors of World War II. What we see in Jacques Berger’s decisive film – and what Chessex saw as a boy – repudiates this. In Payerne, a cadre of Nazi sympathisers singled out a Jewish scapegoat, a wealthy livestock dealer, to serve as an ‘example’ in honour of Hitler’s birthday.
More than a simple recreation of an historical atrocity, this powerful film boldly conflates past and present; suggesting that the two are, and always will be, dangerously intertwined.
73 mins / French (English subtitles)
Director — Jacob Berger