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The Testament

Yoel is a Jewish historian in Holocaust research. As he researches about a covert massacre that took place in 1945, he chances upon a classified...

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The Testament

Ha’edut Drama

Yoel is a Jewish historian in Holocaust research. As he researches about a covert massacre of 200 Jews in 1945, he chances upon a classified testimony by his mother. It runs contrary to his mother’s identity and he risks it all to discover the truth.

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  • Amichai Greenberg
  • Ori Pfeffer
    Rivka Gur
    Hagit Dasberg Shamul
    Ori Yaniv
    Michael Fuith
    Orna Rothberg
    Daniel Adari
  • Israel
  • Hebrew
    German
    English
    Yiddish
  • 100 Mins
  • 2017

Accolades

Venice Film Festival, 2017

Best Film Nominee

Haifa International Film Festival, 2017

Full Length Feature Films, Israeli Film Competition Award

Trivia

The drama is inspired by events that occurred at the end of Word War II in Rechnitz, Austria. On the night of 24-25 March 1945, some 200 Hungarian Jews were murdered near Rechnitz, by a group of local notables who had gathered for a party at the castle of the Countess of Batthyany, born Margit Thyssen-Bornemisza. The party and the killing were organized by Hans Joachim Oldenberg, her lover. At some point during the evening guns were handed out. The 200 Jewish laborers, residents of the manor, were hunted down and killed. Afterwards the guests returned to the castle to continue the party. After the war the massacre was covered up. Residents boycotted an official investigation; one witness was murdered, and other witnesses died under suspicious circumstances.