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Seeking the Lost Ones


My father Rudolf Teutsch was an early member of the NSDAP, later a soldier and in the Waffen SS. After he never wanted to talk to me about this past, his second wife gave me information about his life over 40 years ago. In 2021, I re-enacted this conversation with an actress in a reading and confronted it with the statements of six Jews from France, Germany and Israel about their life stories, which they confided in me. Their descriptions are integrated into the historical context of emigration to Palestine, child transports to England, the Nuremberg Race Laws, persecution and deportation, up to the founding of Israel in 1948. The film also shows how different their encounters with the post-war world in Germany were, and how life in Israel is for them today. Thus the closing words of the 94-year-old Alex Fried, touched by the centuries-old connection of Jews to European culture, his feeling of seeing himself as a citizen of the world, his desire to contribute to a better world.

Director – Michael Teutsch

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