1945. War is over. Switzerland, the neutral small country at the heart of Europe, was all but spared: Klara, her fiancé Johann and his brother Egon are looking bright-eyed into the future. While Klara tries to mend the wounds of the war by caring for young, displaced holocaust survivors, Johann, who works for her industrialist father, hopes to save and modernize his father-in-law’s well-established, yet troubled textile company. Just home from military service, Egon takes his first steps in the Attorney General’s office. His mission: to hunt down escaped Nazis. All three of them soon realize that the façade of peace is bought with the blood of the victims of war. Johann’s professional ambitions bring him closer to those who committed unspeakable war crimes. Klara risks her marriage while growing ever closer to Herschel, one of the survivors, who are all met with distrust by the locals. And Egon finds himself caught in a system that willingly turns a blind eye towards Nazi criminals for the sake of profit…
Director: Petra Biondina Volpe
2020, Switzerland, Swiss German, French (with English subtitles)
6 one-hour episodes
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Frank Stern is a Holocaust survivor from Germany. His half-brother was born in Switzerland and, as such, was not subject to arrest during the roundups of Jews that followed Kristallnacht. Because of his brother’s place of birth, the family was able to travel to Switzerland, and from there Frank and his parents made it to the US by way of England. Frank’s brother remained with his Swiss family.
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Kitty Loewy is a member of the Second Generation. Her father, Karl Loewy, fled Austria in 1938 to Switzerland, where he spent time in a labor camp. Karl kept a diary during this period, chronicling his experiences in the camp. From Switzerland, Karl was one of the small numbers of European Jews who accepted the offer of refuge made by the Dominican Republic. He lived in the Jewish refugee community of Sosua, in the Dominican Republic, before moving to Chicago in 1948. Kitty is a member of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Speakers’ Bureau and shares her father’s story beautifully.
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