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They met in secret to negotiate the unthinkable – compensation for the survivors of the largest mass genocide in history. Survivors were in urgent need of help, but how could reparations be determined for the unprecedented destruction and suffering of a people? Reckonings explores this untold true story set in the aftermath of the Holocaust. 

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Roberta Grossman, Reckonings recounts the tense negotiations between Jewish and German leaders. Under the constant threat of violence, they forged ahead, knowing it would never be enough but hoping it could at least be an acknowledgement and a step towards healing.

The Reparations agreement was signed September 10, 1952, almost exactly 70 years ago.

This free film screening has been made possible by the Claims Conference. 

  • Year
  • Runtime
    74 minutes
  • Language
    English, German, Hebrew
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Roberta Grossman
  • Producer
    Karen Helig
  • Co-Producer
    July Hodara
  • Editor
    Chris Callister
  • Music
    Todd Boekelheide