Germans & Jews

Germans & Jews

History Is the Memory of A People

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Today, Europe's fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader of Europe as they embrace hundreds of thousands of refugees. This development couldn't have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores Germany's transformation as a society, from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many and we realize that the two people are inextricably linked through the memory of the Holocaust. Germans and Jews is at once uncomfortable and provocative, unexpected and enlightening.
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD 305.8924 GER NVD
Characteristics: video file,DVD,rda
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Germans and Jews


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Nov 06, 2017

This excellent documentary demonstrates that the younger generations of German citizens are acknowledging the role of their parents and grandparents in the Holocaust, expressing their sorrow and placing memorials throughout Berlin and the country. Some simply show where a particular man, woman, or child was taken from their home, never to return. One memorial shows another reminder of what is missing. Underground, almost out of sight, with no books, are empty white shelves, directly under the Bebelplatz. What was lost and burnt were the books by those who the Nazis ostracized and persecuted, who had to leave the country and whose stories were no longer allowed to be told. Symbolically, the underground bookshelves have space for around 20,000 books, as a reminder of the 20,000 books that went up in flames. On 10 May 1933, members of the Nazi German Student Union and their professors burned the books in front of the university. Included were works by Heinrich Mann, Erich Maria Remarque, Karl Marx, Albert Einstein and many other authors The Israeli artist Micha Ullman designed the library memorial, which was unveiled on 20 March 1995. The quotation from the memorial turned out to all too prophetic: Among those works burned were the writings of beloved nineteenth-century German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine, who wrote in his 1820–1821 play, "Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people." Perhaps not surprisingly, the older German generations are not part of the film. Excellent documentary of hope for the future of a country responsible for the death of millions. Surprisingly thousands of Jews have moved to Germany because they feel safe there. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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