The House on Wannsee Street

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Generations of family secrets are uncovered in The House on Wannsee Street(2019, 70 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles), a sweeping international story that begins with the Second World War and concludes with an emotional twenty-first century revelation.

When award-winning Argentinean filmmaker Poli Martínez Kaplun decided to dig deep into her family history, she found long-forgotten images of her great grandfather, who she learned was a German-Jewish philosopher persecuted by the Nazis. To save his family from the concentration camps, he was forced to flee Berlin and moved to Egypt, then Switzerland, and finally Argentina, where his family hid their Jewish identity in order to receive Church papers to enter the country. Poignant questions of identity, resilience, compassion, and the plight of displaced persons are brought to life as Poli confronts her mother and aunts about the hidden Jewish identity they have concealed ever since.

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