THE LAST MENTSCH (DER LETZTE MENTSCH)

“A good man apologizes for the mistakes of the past, but a great man corrects them.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Having spent a lifetime concealing his heritage, an aging German Holocaust survivor finally tries to come to terms with his past in THE LAST MENTSCH.

Born as Menachem Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz escaped Auschwitz with his life, only to exterminate his Jewishness. With no synagogue, Jewish friends or family, the hardened old man has done such an effective job of creating a new identity that, when faced with his own mortality, the rabbis refuse his about-face appeal to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Determined to return to his birthplace and establish his ancestry, Marcus enlists the help of Gül, a brash, chain-smoking Turkish woman with a troubled history of her own. The unlikely duo sets out on a road trip to a small village on the Hungarian-Romanian border, a journey that will irrevocably change them both.

Sponsored by: Congregation Havurah

Director: Pierre Henry Salfati
Country: Germany
Year: 2014
Duration: 89 minutes
Languages: German, Hebrew, Yiddish, English, Hungarian
Genre: Drama
Rating: NR (PG equivalent)

Showings
Sunday, May 8 | 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 12 | 1:00 pm