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The Flat (2011)

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As a documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents - both immigrants from Nazi Germany - he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.



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Credited cast:
Michael Adler ...
Yaron Amit ...
Avrham Barkai ...
Herself (as Dr. Avrham Barkai)
Meital Beili ...
Rani Eisenberg ...
Gidi Goldfinger ...
Hannah Goldfinger ...
Noam Goldfinger ...
Yair Goldfinger ...
Orit Goldfinger-Mendel ...
Heinz Hohne ...
Erika Jocker ...
Guido Jocker ...
Gertrude Kino ...
Herself (archive footage)


When Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother dies in Tel Aviv, his whole family come around for the necessary disposition of her property. While dealing with all the stuff, Arnon makes a shocking discovery: evidence that his German Jewish grandparents had a long-lasting friendship with the senior Nazi SS officer, Leopold von Mildenstein, before and after World War II. His repulsion and confusion at how his beloved grandparents could have done that sends Arnon on an international search for the truth. In doing so, Arnon learns about a complex relationship, in which family, sentiment, history and human nature combine to produce a kind of denial in reaction to the worst of reality. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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When you start looking at the past you never know what you'll find...




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A very riveting movie
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What I never understood was how the holocaust could have happened in a country that had excelled in philosophic thoughts, music and literature. I have seen many films related to the holocaust. I have even visited Auschwitz. I never thought I would see a film like this on the subject. The film was very sensitively produced and seemed very honest to the content. What is fascinating is that the characters were all real. Like a documentary. Yet the film had a story that flowed. I would certainly see it again to fill the gaps that I may have missed. What I would also like to find out is the reaction to this film in Israel and Germany.

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