Family drama and historical truth collide in the painful legacy at the heart of this astonishingly intimate and honest film. In a rare look at descendants of a Nazi, the filmmaker breaks 60 years of silence and repression, investigating his father’s dark deeds as the Third Reich’s ambassador to Slovakia. Interviews with Ludin’s still-denying family members and others affected by his father’s actions reveal profoundly different views of the Holocaust and the public and private effects of evil.
Film selected and synopsis written by Susan Barocas, WJFF Director, 2008-2011.
“If it tells, in Mr. Ludin’s words, ‘a typical German story,’ the movie also offers an unusually matter-of-fact picture of the private and public effects of ordinary evil.”
-The New York Times