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June 13, 2013
It's an intriguing self-study of one's unpredictable heritage that's historically significant and very poignant.
June 4, 2013
Upon cleaning out the apartment of their recently deceased grandmother, a Jewish family must come to terms with the fact their grandparents were a bit too cozy with an SS officer and his wife, while the descendants of that SS officer must wrestle with the atrocities of their ancestor. Fascinating.
June 2, 2013
Excellent film and extremely validating regarding the responses and reactions of the other family members as the truth about his grandparents were revealed: close friends with the father of the Nazi Jewish Solution.
May 21, 2013
A very unique approach of Jews in Nazi Germany revealed in an unexpected manner but the somewhat casual storytelling style does not work for me.
April 14, 2013
Are you a history buff? Amateur genealogist? The person in your family who asks old people questions? Then have I got a documentary for you. As all of the above, I could absolutely empathize with the director's will to get his questions answered and his bewilderment at his mother's indifference.
March 26, 2013
Storytelling at its finest. A truly fascinating documentary that deserved every one of the many awards that it won. Absolutely recommended viewing
January 17, 2013
tough. watching the past unfold, unsure, like the fragile, yellowed pages of a book long unopened - untouched for two generations. predictable silence for/with children of the holocaust, and grandchildren - no past - no memories. watching hidden reality emerge, mysteries, some less than desirable - confusing and astounding. speechless at times - the past living in absentia, emotionally and mentally erased. one wonders how many families have lived without their past - not just physically, but without reality. whew.
January 13, 2013
Spellbinding film that that probes the uncomfortable relationship that present day Israelis and Germans have with their past. More exciting than many Hollywood "thrillers" and very moving, as well.
½ December 13, 2012
Excellent documentary about an Israeli man, Arnon Goldfinger, cleaning out his grandmother's flat following her death and uncovering ton of family history which he has difficulty understanding and is shocked that he never asked about it while she was alive. She grew up in Germany and emigrated to the Middle East before the war but after the war she and her husband maintained a friendship with another German couple who worked on behalf of the Nazi cause. Goldfinger seeks out anyone he can find to help him understand his grandparents lives, including the German couple's daughter. It's a sad, complex, and fascinating genealogical adventure about the past and present, memory, forgetting, friendship and family.
December 2, 2012
Foreign film about Jews and Nazis. The grandmother dies and the children attempt to find out about her life. This is interesting.
½ November 25, 2012
Interesting doc. Makes you wonder if you should really go digging up your past. You might not like what you find.
November 20, 2012
Insightful film about how two Israeli-based Zionists remained friends with a former member of the SS.
November 18, 2012
i wud see it. i like secrets. makes it more interesting
½ November 14, 2012
Note that Wikipedia censored the US involvement with Mildenstein, then CIA officer working as Coca Cola press officer, until the public Eichmann trial ended that episode.
November 6, 2012
A tiresome, true tale of an Israeli man, after the death of his 98-year-old grandmother, discovering correspondence, photographs and empirical evidence of a lifelong relationship between his Jewish grandparents and a German family, ranking high in Nazi echelons; their friendship commenced before the second world war and lasted well into the sixties with repeated trips to post-war Germany and other spots throughout Europe. We watch the "flat" being divested of archival material: papers, clothes, jewelry, long unread, unworn and the unearthing of a mysterious, unexplained personal fusion, that despite monumental obstacles, never died.

Arnon Goldfinger burrows deep into the lives of Kurt and Gerda Tuchler (his grandparents) and Leopold von Mildenstein and his wife. He follows the trail to Germany, interviewing the daughter and son-in-law of Von Mildenstein. What follows is obfuscation, ignoring the reality on the part of the Germans but also the lack of interest, inquiry of Mrs. Goldfinger, the daughter of Kurt and Gerda; she never asked or exhibited a modicum of curiosity in her parents past, their emigration to Palestine in the thirties, or why they lived for decades in Tel Aviv surrounded by German memorabilia; Gerda never mastered Hebrew.

Droningly narrated by Arnon, his dispassionate mother in tow, the answer from the embryonic stages to the conclusion, was completely obvious. Two intelligent couples, similar interests, forged a bond of friendship that the era, ideologies, war, could not render asunder; topics permanently avoided: religion and politics.


For Now.....Peneflix
Super Reviewer
October 21, 2012
A wonderfully crafted and very personal documentary, that should speak to a whole new generation post the 'silent' one! Goldfinger does a superb job of dealing with unanswerable questions, peeling back the onion layers and trying to get to the truth and some sort of conclusion. That there can't be one and all is left is speculation, is what makes this film so compelling and powerful. Everyone who sees it will judge it based on his/her own personal experiences.
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