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Watermarks is the story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna. Hakoah ("The Strength" in Hebrew) was founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes. Its founders were eager to popularize sport among a community renowned for such great minds as Freud, Mahler and Zweig, but traditionally alien to physical recreation. Hakoah rapidly grew into one of Europe's biggest athletic clubs, while achieving astonishing success in many diverse sports. In the 1930s Hakoah's best-known triumphs came from its women swimmers, who dominated national competitions in Austria. After the Anschluss, in 1938, the Nazis shut down the club, but the swimmers all managed to flee the country before the war broke out, thanks to an escape operation initiated by Hakoah's functionaries. Sixty-five years later, director Yaron Zilberman meets the members of the swimming team in their homes around... Written by
"Watermarks" tells the story of 7 women, now in their 80's, which were champion swimmers at the legendary Austrian sports club Hakoach Vienna in the 1930's. The movie includes interviews with the ladies at their current homes in England, Israel and the USA and follows them as they go back to a reunion in Vienna in the old sports club.
It is a touching movie that opens a door to the amazing story of these brave women and to the era it took place in. The combination of a fascinating personal account and the unique cinematography on the background of one of the most horrible times of human history makes it a movie that is moving educational and enjoyable.
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