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On Moral Grounds (2006)

Shot on location in Eastern Europe and in the courtrooms of the United States, this documentary brings to light the saga of WWII restitution and the stories of those who have sought justice... See full summary »

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Shot on location in Eastern Europe and in the courtrooms of the United States, this documentary brings to light the saga of WWII restitution and the stories of those who have sought justice for half a century. One man, Adolf Stern, takes us on an emotional journey that mirrors similar quests by thousands of other Holocaust survivors. After being liberated from Buchenwald, Adolf, penniless, traveled to Prague to redeem his father's life insurance. Rather than being consoled as a survivor of unspeakable horrors, he was thrown out of the insurance company office. He was told: "No death certificate, no insurance claim." Not until 1996 did the matter arise again. Adolf's niece, attorney Lisa Stern, heard the story through family members. Lisa teamed up with the pioneer of bad faith insurance law, William Shernoff, and set off on an incomparable legal odyssey. Against all odds, the two lawyers were determined to right the wrong perpetrated on Adolf and other survivors by insurance companies... Written by Anonymous

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Saw a screening at the Madison Film Fest
11 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the movies where you think you are angry enough about everything going on in the world before going into the theater, then learn about this and become more infuriated.

It's the story of holocaust survivors attempt's to collect life-insurance from their dead relatives pensions, and the Italian company Generalli's resistance to their claims. It details the story of several lawyers attempting to help one man, and in the end, they recover a certain amount of money (the result is confidential).

To the best of my knowledge, this movie has been shown only at the New York and Madison Film Fest, and possibly submitted for Sundance. And the reason it wasn't shown at the Venice Film Fest is that Generalli (the fraudulent insurance company) is it's largest sponsor. It is a very informative documentary about a subject you probably have never heard of. For this reason alone, I would recommend it highly. My only complaint, is that, despite the short running time, it seems to drag on a bit towards the end.

But see it if you have the chance, it is a very enlightening film that will make you very angry at the insurance companies.


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