Today, Europe's fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin.
Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader in Europe as it embraces hundreds of thousands of refugees. None of these developments could have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores the country's transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many. We realize that the two people are inextricably linked through the memory of the Holocaust. Germans and Jews is provocative, unexpected and enlightening.
"Incisive... Part psychology seminar and sociology course, 'Germans & Jews' finds its sharpest insights as it examines the stress of communication, when both sides are so hyper-aware of the past that it hinders what's said in the present. Yet just the fact that Germans - Jewish and non-Jewish - are talking about the issues, Ms. Quint suggests, is a real cause for hope, despite history." - Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times
"In Janina Quint's subtle, compact but deeply resonant documentary Germans & Jews, we can see how far the modern nation of Germany has come in terms of historical reckoning and historical reconciliation, 70 years after the end of World War II." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
"Fascinating... With subtle, skillful editing, director Janina Quint wisely allows paradoxes to arise on their own while giving the viewer enough historical context to make sense of them." - Diana Clarke, Village Voice
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