The Israel Film Service Collection

The Children of the Jews

52 Minutes, 1999
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Directed by: Vicki Shiran
Production:Boris Maftsir
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Udi Sharon
Original Music: Nachum Heiman
Languages: Hebrew,
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Since its inception, Yad Vashem has gathered a collection of remarkable and authentic documents: hundreds of photographs of children from the holocaust period have been collected in the archives of Yad Vashem. Very little is known about the children in these photos, occasionally only thein names, sometimes the name of the city they came from. But on most appears e simple notation: “no information. “The Jewish Children” is a personal journey and observation of these old photos. The first half of the film describes the pre-war life of children utilizing portraits from family albums. When the historical reality changed, the character of the documentation also changed. Many of the photographs from the war period were made by the Nazis. The clothing, the appearance, and the situation show these children as marked and ostracized.
Based entirely upon photographs of hundreds of children from different countries, the film gradually constructs a very personal profile of the Jew children. This approach succeeds in transmitting the personal tragedy of every child and the collective tragedy of a people. No name appears next the photos of the children; there is no focus upon the story of any specific child. This intentional distancing provokes an intellectual reaction alongside the powerful emotional experience of the film.

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