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7th Annual Lindy CineMondays presents “Love It Was Not”
April 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – April 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EDT
LOVE IT WAS NOT
Opening Night Film
Directed by Maya Sarfaty
Transported to Auschwitz with 1,000 other Slovakian girls in 1942, Helena Citron, the daughter of a cantor, captured the heart of Franz Wunsch, a high-ranking Austrian SS Officer. Director Maya Sarfaty first introduces us to Wunsch’s paramour through a photograph he had taken of her in Auschwitz. If not for the striped inmate attire and rather unpleasant surroundings, one would never guess that the seemingly healthy young woman smiling in the picture was a prisoner in an extermination camp. Nor would one believe that Helena’s Nazi captor – responsible for brutalizing so many lives – would be the reason she and her sister, Roza, survived to tell the tale. 30 years after liberation, it is Helena who holds another’s fate in her hands. Implored by Wunsch’s wife to testify on behalf of the man who saved her from certain death, Helena must face the most difficult decision of her life.
Remarkably documented and ingeniously executed, LOVE IT WAS NOT seamlessly weaves interviews with seven female inmates who worked with Helena in the “Kanada” facility at Auschwitz, along with archival testimonies by Helena, Roza, and Wunsch recorded throughout their lifetime. The result of this nuanced voyage through contradiction and moral ambiguity is an utterly fascinating watch, bound to inspire endless debate and discussion.
GPJFF is thrilled to open its seventh annual spring series with this enthralling true story to commemorate the week of Yom HaShoah.
- Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
- Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival