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March 13 - March 26

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In the aftermath of the Holocaust, secret meetings took place to negotiate the incomprehensible: compensation for the largest mass genocide in history. Survivors were in urgent need, but how could reparations be determined for the unprecedented destruction and suffering of an entire people?

Streaming Window: March 13-26


Roberta Grossman | Documentary | Australia, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, USA | 2022| English | 74m | | PG

They met in secret to negotiate the unthinkable—compensation for the survivors of the largest mass genocide in history. Holocaust survivors urgently needed help, but how could reparations be determined for the unprecedented destruction of a people and the atrocities suffered by millions? RECKONINGS is the first documentary to chronicle the harrowing process of negotiating German reparations to the Jewish people and the fascinating, true story of the groundbreaking Luxembourg Agreements of 1952. It takes viewers from the halls of power in Bonn, West Germany, where fierce debate raged over how to pay wartime debts, to the streets of Jerusalem, where mere talks with Germany led to horrified responses and violent protests. Yet, under constant threat, Jewish and German leaders forged ahead and risked their lives to negotiate the impossible, knowing that the size of the settlement would never be more than a step towards healing.

Director Bio

Roberta Grossman is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice. She has written, directed, and produced more than 40 hours of film and television, including WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY about the secret archive of the Warsaw Ghetto, ABOVE AND BEYOND (SJFF 2015) about North American WWII pilots who volunteered to fly for Israel in 1948, ON THE MAP (SJFF 2019) about the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team, and BLESSED IS THE MATCH (SJFF 2017) about Hannah Senesh. View official bio on IMDB.

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