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Dreams of Anne Frank

The most famous Holocaust victim uses her extraordinary, artistic imagination to free herself from her attic prison through dreams of surrealistic wonder.

Mezhirichi [‘מזריץ]

In Mezhirichi, Ukraine, nine Jews hide in a low-ceiling attic, right above the Gestapo headquarters, for more than a year. They cannot stand, only crawl, but they try to live a full life, celebrating holidays, learning Hebrew, having group discussions, etc. The story is told through the eyes of 15-year-old Inna. The men would leave at night sometimes, to steal food, clean their shelter and take revenge on local collaborators. The Jews didn't know each other before, but had to learn to manage, even though they are very different. The group is something of a microcosm of European Jewry: an orthodox Jew, a communist, a Zionist, Bourgeoisie, left wing, right wing, etc.

The Man in the Attic

In the last months of World War II, a Jewish man is found, half-starved and barely conscious in the woods near a small town in the north of Germany. For the German couple who finds him, taking this man in is highly dangerous, but they decide to hide him in their attic, thus saving him from discovery by the Nazi authorities. The man is a jeweler and watchmaker, and so he is expected to pay his way by repairing clocks and watches, which becomes a profitable income for the couple. When the war ends with Nazi Germany’s surrender in May 1945, the only way to avoid what was then a general starvation in Germany, was for the Jew to keep paying rent, so they don’t tell him the war is over. Based on a little-known, true story.