Film & Discussion: The House on Wannsee Street: Memoirs of a German Jewish Family

Thursday, June 24, 3pm
Virtual film screening and zoom discussion
Free to attend

The movie tells the story of film director Poli, who lives in Buenos Aires. Her son decides to take his Bar Mitzvah, in spite of the fact that Poli has no religious traditions, though she does know her mother is of Jewish origin.

Poli digs deep into her family’s history, asking herself why she was not raised as a Jew. She searches in family albums and 8 mm movies, and finds turn-of-the-century images of her great grandfather Otto, a lay Jewish German philosopher persecuted by the Nazi. The family is forced to leave their house in Berlin because of Nazi persecution. They first move to Egypt, then Switzerland and finally Argentina, where they need to get Church papers to enter the country, since after Second World War Jewish were not accepted as immigrants.

Poli investigates how her mother and her two aunts live in the present with this story of exile, where the Jewish and German identity is marked by exile.

Eighty years later, Poli returns to Germany to her grandmother’s house on Wannsee Street, a few meters from where the Final Solution was decreed for all Jews in Europe.

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This program is part of the statewide Stop the Hate Ohio Holocaust Education Campaign, an initiative of Cincinnati’s Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and Cleveland’s Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.