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Directed by Eyal Datz
Israel | 60 minutes | 2018
Hebrew with English subtitles
This deeply moving and engrossing film about Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam, the founding rebbe of the Sanz-Klausenburg dynasty, focuses on how his heroism during the Holocaust shaped his life, work, and ultimate spiritual victory over the Nazis. The story of Halberstam’s life is presented through rare archival footage and interviews with those who knew him and have worked to preserve his legacy. Halberstam became one of the youngest rebbes in Europe, leading thousands of followers in the town of Klausenburg, Romania, before World War II. His wife, eleven children, and most of his followers were murdered by the Nazis while he was incarcerated in several concentration camps. The film tackles head on the difficult and ultimately unanswerable question of how the Rebbe was able to keep his faith in the face of Nazi brutality and was then able to convince others to keep theirs as well. After the war, he rebuilt Jewish communal life in the displaced person's camps of Western Europe, founded a Sanz community in the United States and a Haredi neighborhood in Israel, while remarrying and rebuilding his own family.
Director Eyal Datz will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in an extended conversation with the audience afterward.
|Countries of Production||Israel|
|Year of Presentation||2018|
|Language(s)||Hebrew with English subtitles|
|Premiere Status||International Premiere|
|Principal Cast||Moshe Reich, Shira Leibowitz Schmidt, Dr. Baruch Schmidt, Moshe Goldstein, Menachem Look|
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Nominated for the Israeli Documentary Film Award