A Jew Must Die

Dir. Jacob Berger
(73 min, Switzerland, 2016)
East Coast Premiere

Popular myth holds that Switzerland remained an innocent bystander during WWII. Famed writer Jacques Chessex powerfully repudiates this notion when—after a lengthy period of silence—he shares what he witnessed as a young boy.

In the small Swiss town of Payerne, Nazi sympathizers singled out a Jewish scapegoat—a wealthy livestock dealer (Bruno Ganz) —to serve as an “example” in honor of Hitler’s birthday. The film boldly conflates past and present (don’t be surprised to see a modern car on 1942 roads) suggesting that the two are, and always will be, dangerously intertwined.

-Note adapted from the Palm Springs International Film Festival


Thursday, May 18, 6:15 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema
7235 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD

Saturday, May 27, 3:00 pm
Pre-Sale Only*
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

*Saturday screenings before 6:15pm are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.

  • “A Jew Must Die” has an admirable, unadorned directness [...] The performances are impeccableVariety

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This event finished on May 28, 2017.