'REFUGE: STORIES OF THE SELFHELP HOME'USA, 2012.
Awards and festivals:
2012. – Sycamore Film Festival – Best Documentary and Best in Fest
In the late 1930s, following the ferocious anti-Jewish violence of Kristallnacht, a determined group of young German Jews immigrated to Chicago. Here, these refugees set out to create a supportive community for themselves and others fleeing Nazi persecution, eventually establishing the Selfhelp Home for the oldest among them. "Refuge" reaches back more than 70 years to give a voice to its last generation of victims of Nazi persecution and tells the story of this singular community that has provided a safe haven to more than 1 000 Central European Jewish refugees and survivors. "Refuge" weaves together historical narrative, archival footage and deeply personal testimony to explore the lives of six Chicagoans against the context of the Nazi cataclysm and how a small group of them came together to care for their own. The film illuminates the lost world of Central European Jewry prior to WWII and the remarkable courage, resilience and character of its final generation at Selfhelp.