This was a story I’d been dreaming of making: to tell the story of a tiny kosher soup kitchen in a small Romanian town where everyone helped everyone else—and where they ran the best soup kitchen in Central Europe.
Searching for Hope: The Sarajevo Haggadah
In which I was sent into Sarajevo shortly after the four-year siege of the city was lifted, to see if I would be the first person to locate what is arguably the most famous Passover Haggadah of them all. Would I get to see it? You’ll have to watch a film The New York Daily News called “perfect television.”
Peter Ginz and the Boys of Vedem
Petr Ginz was an exceptional child. At 13, he wrote a novel; at 14, he was writing philosophy; at 15, he was editing a magazine—in a concentration camp. This is a story of a group of boys who fought back in the only ways they knew how: by using pencil and paper—and dignity.
Survival in Sarajevo – Friendship in a Time of War
In the 1990s I made five trips into the besieged city of Sarajevo so I could record a remarkable story: how a band of Holocaust survivors and their offspring had turned the city’s last standing synagogue into a humanitarian aid agency. Who worked there? Serbian Orthodox and Croatian Catholics, Jews and Bosniak Muslims. This eleven-minute film has now been narrated in German, Hebrew, Polish, Hungarian, French and Romanian.
A Life Not Lived – The Jews of the Mosel Valley
This is a film comprised mostly of photographs I took in 1995, when I visited Germany’s Mosel River Valley with seven elderly Jews who had fled for their lives in 1938, and what it was like for them—and the town folk—to meet again a half century later.