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The Case Of Johanna Langefeld

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The Case Of Johanna Langefeld

Johanna Langefeld was a Nazi war criminal with a difference. A German national, she appears to have been the only known concentration camp guard whom some of her victims actually liked. In The Case Of Johanna Langefeld, a documentary currently making the rounds of film festivals, Wladek Jurkow and Gerburg Rohde-Dahl examine her checkered legacy […]

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Promise At Dawn

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Promise At Dawn

Eric Barbier’s biopic of the late French novelist and diplomat Romain Gary, Promise at Dawn, is filled with a succession of melodramatic moments befitting his intense and picturesque life. Based on his eponymous best-selling autobiographical novel, it unfolds mainly in Poland and France — where he was formed as a boy and a man — in […]

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Life-Threatening Adventure In The Amazon

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Life-Threatening Adventure In The Amazon

Yossi Ghinsberg’s vivid memoir, Back To Tuichi: The Harrowing Life-And-Death Story Of Survival In The Amazon Rainforest, is by far one of the most memorable books I have had the pleasure of reading. Published by Random House in 1993, it recounts the author’s near fatal trek into the jungles of Bolivia in 1981. An Israeli […]

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Dunkirk: A Gripping Movie

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Dunkirk: A Gripping Movie

Disaster was barely averted when Britain evacuated some 300,000 British, French and Belgium troops trapped in the French port of Dunkirk in the spring of 1940. Britain’s prime minister, Winston Churchill, hailed the evacuation as a “miracle.” Germany, having recently conquered France in a blitzkrieg, could have picked them off on the beaches of Dunkirk. […]

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Warsaw: A City Divided

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Warsaw: A City Divided

Eric Bednarski’s poignant documentary, Warsaw: A City Divided, due to be screened at the Jewish Film Festival in Jerusalem later this year, provides viewers with a fresh look at the Warsaw Ghetto. Established in 1940 on the cynically false rationale of halting the spread of infectious diseases, it was an overcrowded, walled-off dumping ground rife with […]

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Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles

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Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles

Nearly 55 years after its inaugural opening at the Imperial Theatre in New York City, Fiddler on the Roof, the iconic Broadway play, is still going strong. Such is its longevity that it has been performed every day somewhere around the globe since September 22, 1964. Based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, this dark musical has been […]

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After The Wedding

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After The Wedding

Secrets abound in Bart Freundlich’s drama, After the Wedding, which opens in Canadian theatres on August 16. Filmed in India and the United States, and adapted from Susanne Bier’s 2006 Oscar-nominated Danish movie, it pits a wealthy entrepreneur against an idealist whose lives are more intertwined than they initially realize. Isabel (Michelle Williams), the director […]

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Mike Wallace Is Here

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Mike Wallace Is Here

At the height of his 40-year career at 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace was probably the most feared interviewer in the business. Hard as nails, with a no-nonsense style, he was a “rough boy,” as one of his many interviewees, Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas, said of him with a mixture of awe and annoyance. Wallace, a reporter on […]

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She Broke A Glass Ceiling

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She Broke A Glass Ceiling

In this age of female empowerment, Tracy Edwards is a shining role model. Thirty years ago, Edwards had the distinction of being the first women to skipper a boat in the gruelling Whitbread Round-the-World Yacht Race (which has since been renamed the Volvo Ocean Race). She was 26, a slip of a girl, when she […]

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Back To The Fatherland

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Back To The Fatherland

Thousands of young Israelis have immigrated to Germany and Austria in the past decade. By some estimates, upwards of 20,000 have made that move. It’s a deeply ironic development, given what happened in these countries during the 12-year Nazi interregnum. In most cases, the Israelis who’ve forsaken their homeland are the grandchildren of German and […]

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