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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 Miriam Gavrieli ... Shoshana (as Miriam Gabrieli)
Emanuel Cohn ... Archivist
Michaela Rosen Michaela Rosen ... Austrian politician
Michael Fuith ... Austrian mayor
Irit Barak Irit Barak ... Mali


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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Austria | Israel


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11 January 2018 (Israel) See more »

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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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Truly excellent film about the search for truth
1 August 2018 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The Israeli film Ha'edut was shown in the U.S. with the title The Testament. The movie was written and directed by Amichai Greenberg. Ori Pfeffer portrays Yoel, a researcher who demands the truth about a Polish massacre of Jews that took place at the end of World War II. We all know that the Germans slaughtered Jews as the war ended. However, in this case, it wasn't the Germans who carried out the massacre--it was the local Polish people.

Yoel knows this happened, and he thinks he knows exactly where it happened. It's his job to find the mass grave, and document this atrocity. However, even though a few cooperative local residents tell him that they heard the shots, and they can point out the general area, they can't give him exact instructions.

This situation is bad enough, but it's even worse because local builders want to cover the area with concrete, and then the mass grave will never be found.

Local officials offer a compromise solution. They'll admit that "several dozen" Jews were killed in the area at the end of the war. That's it. No mass grave, no further concessions. Time is running out.

This movie is an important addition to films about the Holocaust. I think that the Holocaust is in the mind of every Jew every day. Films set during this reign of terror are typically very graphic and often horrifying to watch.

The Testament is different. No one is rounding up Jews and no one is slaughtering them. The forms of politeness are maintained throughout. However, the Holocaust is there in every frame. The movie reminds us that truth about the Holocaust is worth seeking and demanding.

We saw this film on the large screen at the JCC Hart Theatre, as part of Rochester's wonderful Jewish Film Festival. It will work very well on DVD.

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