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The Testament (2017)

Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a significant debate against holocaust deniers, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. A mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth.


Amichai Greenberg
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ori Pfeffer ... Yoel
Rivka Gur ... Fania
Hagit Dasberg ... Rina (as Hagit Dasberg Shamul)
Orna Rotenberg Orna Rotenberg ... Miriam (as Orna Rothberg)
Ori Yaniv ... Miki
Daniel Adari Daniel Adari ... Yonatan
Shmulik Atzmon Shmulik Atzmon ... Yehoshua
Iréna Flury Iréna Flury ... Sylvie
Izhak Heskia Izhak Heskia ... Rabbi
Leah Koenig ... Lea
Miriam Gavrieli ... Shoshana (as Miriam Gabrieli)
Emanuel Cohn ... Archivist
Michaela Rosen Michaela Rosen ... Austrian politician
Michael Fuith ... Austrian mayor
Irit Barak Irit Barak ... Mali
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Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a significant debate against holocaust deniers, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. A mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth.

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While the story itself is fiction, it was inspired by events that occurred at the end of Word War II in Rechnitz, Austria. On the night of 24-25 March 1945, some 200 Hungarian Jews were murdered near Rechnitz, by a group of local notables who had gathered for a party at the castle of the Countess of Batthyany, born Margit Thyssen-Bornemisza. The party and the killing were organized by Hans Joachim Oldenberg, her lover. At some point during the evening guns were handed out. The 200 Jewish laborers, residents of the manor, were hunted down and killed. Afterwards the guests returned to the castle to continue the party. After the war the massacre was covered up. Residents boycotted an official investigation; one witness was murdered, and other witnesses died under suspicious circumstances. See more »

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Patient, suspenseful and emotionally powerful,
29 January 2019 | by schreck-42434See all my reviews

Memorable and captivating cinematography. And I will add that the acting was perfect. Believable characters were rendered alive and sympathetic by performers who were sometimes subtle and sometimes intensely engaging . I know how exhausting it is to research my family genealogy and uncover the truth about family members murdered in the Holocaust. Many - including my parents - hid the truth, or refused to speak of it to their children, or were simply unable to endure the emotional pain of recalling the horrors of Nazi Germany and Eastern European pogroms. This film - focusing on just one massacre - encapsulated the frustrations of research, the poverty of memory, and the intense desire (or need) to uncover the truth. I was fortunate to see the film via my library's subscription to HOOPLA. I also recommend readers to read the other user comments for background on the events giving rise to this film. The payoff at the end was very satisfying.

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