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We Were So Beloved

A Film by Manfred Kirchheimer

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Between 1933 and 1941 thousands of Jews fled Nazi Germany and Austria for America. Leaving behind brothers, sisters and parents, more than 20,000 of them came together in Washington Heights in New York City. Here, for the first time, they lived among Jews. While horrific reports trickled in from the camps, the emigrants cooperated to build their new society.

Like Shoah and The Sorrow and the Pity, We Were So Beloved uses gripping personal testimony to examine the complex emotional and philosophical implications of the survival of the Jews of Washington Heights.

What the Critics are Saying

"Provocative, riveting...A no less harrowing examination of conscience than Shoah and The Sorrow and The Pity." -The New York Times

"Daring and haunting candor... a stimulating, provocative, and luminously humane documentary." -Chicago Reader

"Hair-raising. Evokes the surrealistically terrifying world of mid-30s Germany." -Jewish Week

"A film that dares to ask startling, gravely impertinent questions." -New York Daily News

"I'd give it an Oscar." -David Sterrit, Christian Science Monitor

Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:

  • Director's Introduction
  • Timeline 1933-45
  • Excerpt from Companion Book
  • Director Biography
  • Trailer Gallery

Format: DVD
Running Time: 146 minutes
Color: Color & B/W

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