“Kapo in Jerusalem” The Movie

“During the last session of the Research Forum class our students had the opportunity of seeing the film “Kapo in Jerusalem” and speaking with screenwriter Motti Lerner, who is a renowned screenwriter and playwright. ..The film Kapo in Jerusalem explores the role of functionaries by focusing on one functionary. The film takes place in Israel following WWII and most of the film is a series of monologues given by witnesses who knew Bruno, the former Kapo at the center of the film…” Continue reading below in the Holocaust Studies in Haifa blog.

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During the last session of the Research Forum class our students had the opportunity of seeing the film “Kapo in Jerusalem” and speaking with screenwriter Motti Lerner, who is a renowned screenwriter and playwright. Lerner teaches playwriting at Kibbutz College in Tel Aviv and his numerous plays have been performed in nine countries outside of Israel.

Lerner introduced the film prior to the screening. He shared that the Israeli attitude towards Jews who worked for the Nazis was very strict. They were regarded as traitors, some were put on trial, and some were killed without trial.  Lerner stated that the film was produced to explore Israeli attitude towards Nazi functionaries and that it was inspired by Story of Eliezer Greenbaum who was a block leader in Auschwitz in charge of 900 prisoners.  Following the War Greenbaum was tried twice for his actions as block leader and found…

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