Wilfrid Israel, the owner of a department store in the center of Berlin, was one of the great saviors of Jews during the Holocaust ​ and played a key role in the Kindertransport operation. The story of one extraordinary man becomes very personal as filmmaker Yonatan Nir takes us on a journey from ​ a​ kibbutz in northern Israel to Germany in the 1930's. The filmmaker, who was born on the kibbutz where Wilfrid's name was known but his story​ ​was kept secret​, takes us on an adventure as he searches for the mysterious hero, and for the reasons​ for his disappearance ​from history.


The Essential Link

Doc 78/52 min, 2016 - New Release

Written and Directed by: Yonatan Nir
Produced by: Noam Shalev-Highlight Films Ltd., Yonatan Nir
Language: English, Hebrew & German, with English subtitles

DVD Release Date:01 June 2017

Synopsis


Wilfrid Israel, the owner of a department store in the center of Berlin, was one of the great saviors of Jews during the Holocaust ​ and played a key role in the Kindertransport operation. The story of one extraordinary man becomes very personal as filmmaker Yonatan Nir takes us on a journey from ​ a​ kibbutz in northern Israel to Germany in the 1930's. The filmmaker, who was born on the kibbutz where Wilfrid's name was known but his story​ ​was kept secret​, takes us on an adventure as he searches for the mysterious hero, and for the reasons​ for his disappearance ​from history.


Festivals

  • Houston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

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Press & Links:

  • "Your film has educational and documentary value in preserving the memory of the Shoah and passing it on to the next generations. Through this film young audiences will be able to gain an understanding of our history and to better grasp the strong roots from which we have grown."

    Shimon Peres, Former Presdient of Israel

Festivals

  • Houston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Educational

  • Harvard University Library