Farewell, Herr Schwarz

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Winner of the Best Documentary Prize at the Haifa International Film Festival, director Yael Reuveny's Farewell Herr Schwarz is a cinematic journey about buried family secrets, the Holocaust (from a third generation perspective) and how it is never too late to reclaim your heritage. Siblings Michla and Feiv'ke Schwarz survived the Holocaust but never reunited after the war. Michla moved to the soon-to-be-founded Jewish state in the Middle East and started a family there. Her brother Feiv'ke considered dead returned to East Germany, married a German woman and inexplicably lived amidst the concentration camp ruins where he was once a prisoner. The Israeli and German sides to the family lived unaware of each other for half a century until first time filmmaker Yael Reuveny probed exactly what happened to her family in 1945. (C) Kino Lorber

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Interweaving multiple perspectives and three generations of family memories, Yael Reuveny's "Farewell Herr Schwarz" traces a Holocaust mystery with stumbling curiosity and endearing sincerity.

Jan 8, 2015 | Full Review…

This fascinating autobiographical documentary explores the world of Holocaust survivors and their descendants with an unusual story.

Jan 8, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An absorbing documentary that eloquently explores questions about forgiveness.

Jan 7, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Farewell Herr Schwarz ends with tentative bonds of conciliation and family renewal, but the film offers no false answers to the terrible conundrum of remembering and forgetting catastrophe.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…
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Reuveny's film unfolds with the amorphousness of memory, her family's story told in a way so personal that it feels more like a private genealogy project than a doc fit for the public.

Jan 7, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Farewell, Herr Schwarz is of a kind with 2011's excellent The Flat...

Jan 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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