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Published on Mar 13, 2012
How important is it really to know your family history? Or is it just a heavy and unnecessary burden? The answer probably lies within each and every person. In my family's case, this question never even came up. To be honest, we never discussed anything about the past.
That is, until we opened the closets in my grandmother's flat... The flat on the third floor of a Bauhaus building in Tel Aviv was where my grandparents lived ever since reluctantly leaving their beloved Germany after the Nazis came to power in the 1930s. Were it not for the view from the windows, one might have thought that the flat was in Berlin. There it was, furnished with heavy European pieces, shelves filled with the best of German literature, laden with layers of dust and history.
The film begins with the emptying out of a flat and develops into a riveting adventure, involving unexpected national interests, a friendship that crosses enemy lines, and deeply repressed family emotions. And even reveals some secrets that should have probably remained untold...
A film by Arnon Goldfinger Co-production of Arnon Goldfinger and Zero One Film with Noga Communications, Channel 8 and German TV channels SWR, ZDF in cooperation with arte. 97 min, documentary, 2011.