Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Directors Pavel Schnabel and Harald Lueders went to the town of Rhina in Germany and asked the villagers why the town no longer has any Jewish citizens. The older people explain that "outsiders" came into the village, burnt down the synagogue, and harassed the Jews so much that they had to leave. The younger generation, on the other hand, says they only know that no one ever discusses the issue -- it is either verboten or forgotten. Then the directors track down former Jewish residents of Rhina who are living in New York City, and their memories are quite different -- they say that Rhina had its own Nazis. After that, the two directors return to Rhina and show the villagers the videotaped responses of their former Jewish citizens and neighbors, responses and images that leave the audience subdued and regretful, and in general, anxious to make amends. In 1981, this film won the Adolf Griem Award (equivalent to an Emmy in Germany) for "Best Television Documentary."
anti-Semitism, exodus, Germany, harassment, Judaism, Nazism, neighbor, racism, regret, village