About The Film
Germany’s torturous postwar reckoning and reconciliation, and eventual transformation, are examined through a series of incisive dialogues with everyday citizens, in GERMANS & JEWS.
In the aftermath of WWII and the crimes of the Holocaust, it seems almost unimaginable that Germany would emerge as one of the world’s most democratic societies, with the fastest growing Jewish community in Europe. Filmmakers Janina Quint and Tal Recanati (a non-Jewish German and a visiting American Jew) seek to understand these startling realities and contradictions by speaking directly with contemporary Germans of different backgrounds. The often uneasy and conflicted conversations as well as heartfelt testimonials reveal both an obsession with the past, and a desire by German Jews and non-Jews alike to move beyond historical hyper-awareness to a hopeful path forward.
Often posing more questions than answers, GERMANS & JEWS provides a cross-section of generational attitudes on today’s Germany.