Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

Love It Was Not & Interview with Maya Sarfaty

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Vivacious young Helena Citron is taken from her home in Slovakia to Auschwitz on the very first women’s transport. She soon finds unlikely protection in the person of Franz Wunsch, a high-ranking SS officer who falls in love with her and her magnetic singing voice. Risking a certain execution if caught, their forbidden relationship went on until her miraculous liberation. But when a letter arrives 30 years later from Wunsch's daughter, begging Helena to testify on Wunsch's behalf, she's faced with an impossible decision: will she help the man who brutalized so many lives, but saved hers, along with some of the people closest to her?


Awards: Best Israeli Film, DocAviv



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  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    86 minutes
  • Language
    Hebrew, German
  • Director
    Maya Sarfaty