Farewell, Herr Schwarz

Michla and Feiv'ke Schwarz, sister and brother, could have re-met in Lodz in 1945. But they didn't.

She migrated to a Jewish state in the Middle East and founded a family there, while he returned to East Germany, changed his name to Peter, married a German woman and lived the rest of his life in the camp where he was once a prisoner.

 

The outcome of their decision effects the course of whole lives, for generations to come, here and now: Their children, who struggle to deal with their parents' silence and their own unasked questions. Their grandchildren who are haunted by family secrets and forced to question their own identity. Two families, in Germany and Israel, not knowing about each other for years, are strangely mirrored.

 

Farewell, Herr Schwarz is an epic documentary by director Yael Reuveny, granddaughter of Michla Schwarz, about stories that can be inherited like the color of your eyes. A personal journey, beween Israel and Germany. 1 missed-meeting, 2 families, 3 generations.

Awards:

Winner Best Documentary Haifa Film Festival

Winner DEFA Award Dok Leipzig

Winner Dialogue Award Cottbus Film Festival

Nominated for Best Documentary Israeli Film Academy

 

Genre: Documentary

Director & Writer: Yael Reuveny

Producer: Melanie Andernach

Co-Producers: Saar Yogev & Naomi Levari

Cinematographer: Andreas Köhler

Editors: Nicole Kortlüke & Assaf Lapid

Line Producer: Knut Losen

Production Management: Nina Icks & Rotem Faran

Music: Volker Bertelmann 

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