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December 11, 1987 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-12-11

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`Wannsee Conference'
Film Called Chilling

SUSAN BIRNBAUM

n Jan. 20, 1942, at a
house in the quiet
Berlin suburb of
Wannsee, a meeting was held.
It lasted 90 minutes. There
was only one item on the
agenda."
With these words alone, the
film The Wansee Conference
launches into one of the most
chilling forays into the
history of the destruction of
European Jewry, and into the
perthanent memory of the
viewer.
The meeting was like none
other, and yet disarmingly
like any other business
meeting. Amidst the clinking
of glasses served by obse-
quious young waiters against
a backdrop of expensive wall
tapestries, 14 men met with
.Reinhard Heydrich, head of
the Nazi Security Police and
designated successor to
Adolph Hitler, to carefully
outline and solidify the Final
Solution, the precise plans for
the killing of the Jews.
The maker of the film, a
German Jew named Manfred
Korytowski, first read about
the Wannsee Conference five
years ago at the Yad Vashem
Holocaust memorial in
Jerusalem while researching
another documentary. Fin-
ding the original notes of the
conference, Korytowski felt
impelled to reconstruct the
precise details of the in-
famous parley. He was over-
whelmingly successful.
Indeed, The Wannsee Con-
ference is so perfect in its
reconstruction of the facts
and in the portrayal of the
conferees that there is a
dreadful feeling of not seeing
a movie at all, but rather
footage of the actual
conference.
Under the immensely
skillful direction of Heinz
Schirk, actors chosen for their
close resemblance to their
real-life counterparts simply
become on screen their
characters.
Korytowski, who was in
New York for the film's open-
ing, said that his intention
was to tell the world,
specificaly West German
youth, the truth about the
Final Solution. He said he
was particularly careful not
to make a "commercial" film.
Korytowski, 50, maintains
residences in both West Ger-
many and Israel, where he
served in the army. He arriv-
ed in Israel in 1953 from
Brazil, where his family had
spent 16 years, and returned

to West Germany in 1958 to
visit his father, who was ill.
He remained there, becoming
a notable television producer,
responsible for a highly
popular children's TV pro-
gram, Pumuckl.
Korytowski believes West
German youth are anxious to
learn about their country's
true history. "No one ever
told us about it," he quoted
them as saying about the
Final Solution. However, in
America he has noted ig-
norance of the Nazi era and a
lack of interest in finding out
the truth.
The Wannsee Conference
has been shown in Cleveland,
Los Angeles and other cities,
and is currently playing to
large audiences in Toronto. It
has appeared in several film
festivals world wide, winning
an award at a festival in
Ibkyo.

Copyright 1987, JTA, Inc.

NEWS

Rabbi Seeks
Relatives Here

Rabbi Lipman Rakow of
London, England, is seeking
help in finding family
members in the Detroit area.
Rabbi Rakow is a descen-
dant (a great-nephew) of Rab-
bi Elieser Lippman Rab-
binowitsch, who was born in
1830 in Kapolia, in the Minsk
governmental area. Rabbi
Rabbinowitsch died in Minsk
in 1887.
His children emigrated and
settled in America, especial-
ly in Detroit. Rabbi Rab-
binowitsch was the grandson
of the Baal Flbsfoth Yomtov.
Persons with information
should write Rabbi Rakow, 3
Fairholt Rd., London,
England N16.

Europe BBYO
Sets Gathering

Monticello — When nearly
150 Belgian, French and
Spanish Jewish teenagers
meet at a French chateau
from Dec. 21-24, they will
discuss what, only four
decades ago, many saw as a
hopeless subject: the future of
European Jewish youth.
As delegates to the B'nai
B'rith Youth Organization
(BBYO) European winter
Convention, they will par-
ticipate in. a series of
seminars and workshops to
heighten their Jewish identi-
ty and plan BBYO Europe's
coming year.

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