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A thoughtful encounter between German and Jew
2 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Facing Arthur" approaches the often covered subject of the Holocaust in a fresh way. Arthur is an engaging, alert, intellectually vibrant Jewish man of 101 years who welcomes a young German cellist who is the age of a grandson into his home. The younger man is patient and respectful, and gradually builds a common bond with Arthur who was an accomplished violinist in earlier years.

Arthur, a devout Jew and student of the Torah and Talmud, practices hospitality in welcoming thing young German into his home, but, as the Talmud advises, he receives the young cellist "not without suspicion." Several times, Arthur reflects that the German's grandfather might have been one of those who killed his father during the Holocaust, and warns him that there is "a little bit of Hitler" in all Germans.


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