Film: “The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfrid Israel”
Wednesday, March 29
Textor Hall 102 – Ithaca College
Discussion: Director Yonatan Nir and Dr. Michael Richardson, Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and 20th and 21st century German literature and cinema, Holocaust Studies
Wilfrid Israel, the owner of a department store in the center of Berlin, was one of the great saviors of Jews during the Holocaust and played a key role in the Kindertransport operation. The story of one extraordinary man becomes very personal as filmmaker Yonatan Nir takes us on a journey from a kibbutz in northern Israel to Germany in the 1930’s. The filmmaker, who was born on the kibbutz where Wilfrid’s name was known but his story was kept secret, takes us on an adventure as he searches for the mysterious hero, and the reasons for his disappearance from history.