SEE YOU SOON AGAIN

SEE YOU SOON AGAIN

    Price: $310.00

    Code: 2432
    Format: DVD

    Directed by Lukas Stepanik and Bernadette Wegenstein
    2011, 64 minutes
    Purchase: $310 | Classroom rental: $125
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    Do people still want to hear stories about the Holocaust? This question plagues Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor who has recounted his story to thousands of public school students. See You Soon Again is a singular film about the weight of history, about how hard it is to tell a story of unspeakable suffering, and how impossible it is not to.

    As a child, Leo Bretholz survived the Holocaust by escaping from the Nazis (and others) not once, but seven times. Between 1938 and 1945 he hid in attics, outran police, escaped from prisons, and joined the Compagnons De France under the false name of Max Henri Lefevre. On November 6, 1942 he did something unprecedented: he jumped from train no. 42 from the French prison camp Drancy to Auschwitz, where he would have been killed the very same day of his arrival together with all but five of the 1000 deportees on that train.

    Leo recounted this experience in his acclaimed book, "Leap Into Darkness" (Random House), and he continues to share it as part of a special program at countless public schools in the Baltimore area.

    But it's become increasingly difficult for Leo to tell his story. Each lecture, each question and answer session, means reliving the horrors and painful memories yet again. Leo is beginning to question how much longer he can continue doing this.

    And yet, each time we see him, he is back in a classroom, in front of a group of kids, patiently telling his story. For Leo, the far more important question, than any dealing with so-called Holocaust fatigue, is who will tell these stories once he and others are gone.

    A poignant and thought-provoking documentary, See You Again Soon is not a Holocaust film. It is a film about bearing witness to one of the darkest moments in human history. It is a portrait of remarkable individuals who ignore their well-being for ours.

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    Festivals & Awards

    *Official Selection, Maryland Film Festival



    Reviews

    "A fascinating examination of the strength it takes to recount personal horrors, and the inner struggle to decide if the importance of spreading the story is justification for such trauma… Two generations later, the horrific story of the Holocaust is just that—something that the current generation knows only through textbooks, museums, and movies. It’s the dwindling community of survivors that keeps the history alive." - City Paper

    " This program gives viewers a glimpse of the weight survivors carry. Recommended for larger collections, to supplement Holocaust studies and history classes.- Booklist

    " Recommended for discussion about Holocaust survivors and the challenges they have faced." - Educational Media Reviews Online

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