Synopsis by Perry Seibert
Esther Hoffenberg's The Two Lives of Eva attempts to explain why the director's deceased mother, Eva, suffered a mental breakdown in the years before her death. Eva led a carefree life as part of the rich and socially respected Lembrecht family in Poland. During the Nazi occupation, the family retained their stature, although individual members of the clan started suffering the effects of the war. When Eva marries the director's father, Eva learns of the Polish ghetto and the concentration camps, causing her to convert forcefully to the Jewish faith, an event that lends the film its title.
Holocaust, Judaism, mental-illness, mother, Poland