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Shadows From My Past (2014)





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In 1940 Gita Weinrauch Kaufman escaped from Austria with her immediate family the day they were to be transported to Dachau Concentration Camp. More than 50 years later, she returned to Vienna with her husband and co-director, Curt Kaufman, to ask the question: Is present-day Austria truly different from the country from which she fled? The filmmakers had remarkable access: survivor Simon Wiesenthal; infamous former UN Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim; former US Ambassador to Austria, Ronald Lauder; Austrian President Heinz Fischer; chancellors; distinguished academics; contemporary Austrians; Oscar-winning film producer Eric Pleskow; actor, singer Theodore Bikel and many others. However revealing these interviews are, the letters Kaufman cites, written by her family from 1939 - 1941 desperately asking for help trying to obtain visas, truly animate the shadows. For years, Austria claimed to be "the first victim" of the Germans, despite the number of Austrians among top Nazi leadership, including Hitler and Eichmann. On this, the 76th Anniversary of the Anschluss, SHADOWS FROM MY PAST creates a collage of evidence that Austria is not only coming to terms with its own dark past but, as former Chancellor Franz Vranitzky states in his apology to Israel 'We must tell the truth to our children and the world....We do not want to disguise that any longer.' Indeed, with current anti-Semitism rising across the globe, SHADOWS FROM MY PAST is a chilling personal account-and warning. (c) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Gita and Curt Kaufman
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

A film that honors memory without stooping to sentimentalism, tracing Austria's role in the Holocaust through one Jewish family's experience.

Full Review… | November 20, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Personal testimony is clearly the heart of the movie. As filmmakers from Claude Lanzmann ("Shoah") to Steven Spielberg (through his Shoah visual history foundation) have shown us, this is what's essential to share.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Shadows From My Past is like a box stuffed with old letters and photographs: Things may be out of order, but, stay with it, and you'll soon have voices in your head, a story even.

Full Review… | August 26, 2014
Village Voice
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It is indeed uncomfortable to admit that a Holocaust documentary feels a tad generic, and while the film runs only 85 minutes, it seems much longer.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Film Journal International

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