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The Devil Next Door

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The Devil Next Door

Nazi war criminals have been brought to justice in a succession of trials since the Holocaust. The trial of John Demjanjuk — a naturalized American citizen of Ukrainian descent accused of being the notorious Ivan the Terrible — still resonates three decades later. An infamously brutal guard who worked at the Treblinka and Sobibor extermination camps […]

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The Kominsky Method II

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The Kominsky Method II

Chuck Lorre’s Netflix comedy series, The Kominsky Method, is back again. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2018 debut season, and this year’s version is just as comical and satisfying. Starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, and set in Los Angeles, it’s essentially about the pitfalls and perils of aging in America. The themes are topical and […]

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The Avocado War

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The Avocado War

Call it, if you will, green gold. The cultivation of avocados has become a massive business in the past few decades, particularly in California, Mexico and Chile. But the industry in these countries faces difficult challenges, according to an intriguing Netflix documentary, The Avocado War. The avocado, once dismissed as fatty and unhealthy, is now […]

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Undercover In The Jungle

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Undercover In The Jungle

I wish I could have joined Will Benson and his intrepid crew in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. They spent almost a month in one of its wildest, most inaccessible areas, installing about 50 remotely-operated cameras to trees, at nesting sites and on animal trails to film its exotic wildlife in real time. Benson’s documentary, Undercover […]

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Steal A Pencil For Me

Filed in Television by on September 28, 2019 0 Comments
Steal A Pencil For Me

Michele Ohayon’s heart-felt documentary, Steal A Pencil For Me, now available on Netflix, is a highly unusual love story. Jack (Jaap) Polak and Ina Soep, both Holocaust survivors from Holland, met in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1943 and nurtured their relationship in two concentration camps, Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen, before getting married. Due to class differences, they […]

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The Spy

Filed in Television by on September 9, 2019 0 Comments
The Spy

Eli Cohen, Israel’s greatest known spy, is the stuff of legends. Fifty four years after his death by hanging in Damascus, he still remains a revered figure in Israel. Gideon Raff’s six-part Netflix miniseries, The Spy, burnishes Cohen’s heroic image. In an inspired but improbable feat of casting, British actor Sacha Baron Cohen plays the […]

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Bolivar Is Sweeping In Scope

Filed in Television by on August 21, 2019 0 Comments
Bolivar Is Sweeping In Scope

Flipping through Netflix’s menu, I came upon Bolivar, the 60-part Colombian television series whose logo is illustrated by a heroic image of Simon Bolivar clad in a fancy dress uniform and sitting astride a white horse with its front feet kicked up in mid-air. Being somewhat familiar with his credentials as an ardent Venezuelan nationalist […]

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The Red Sea Diving Resort

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The Red Sea Diving Resort

One of the most daring missions carried out by the Mossad unfolded in Sudan between 1979 and 1984. It was from there, a remote scuba diving resort on the Red Sea managed and run by Mossad agents, that Israel’s external intelligence agency smuggled thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. This little-known operation is dramatized in The […]

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Holocaust Escape Tunnel

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Holocaust Escape Tunnel

At the end of 1943, with the Soviet army fast approaching Nazi-occupied Lithuania, the Germans selected 80 able-bodied Jewish prisoners from the Stutthof concentration camp to work in the Ponar forest, where an estimated 100,000 people, including 70,000 Lithuanian Jews, had been murdered in the past three years. Chained by the legs, the prisoners were instructed to […]

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Family Business: A French Comedy Series

Filed in Television by on July 9, 2019 0 Comments
Family Business: A French Comedy Series

The legalization of cannabis in Western countries may well have inspired the creation of the six-part French-language comedy series, Family Business, which is now available on the Netflix streaming network. The plot is very current. The Hazans operate a modest kosher butcher shop in the Marais, a once heavily Jewish-populated neighborhood in Paris. It’s a […]

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