The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfrid Israel

‘The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfrid Israel’ (2016)

Welcome to another screening at the LBI Film Club! Our latest offering is part of an online celebration on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Wilfrid Israel Museum in the Kibbuz HaZorea, in collaboration with the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, the Goethe Institute Israel, the Stiftung Warburg Archiv Hamburg and the Institut für die Geschichte der Deutschen Juden Hamburg. We hope that you will continue to enjoy our selection of interesting and thought-provoking films linked to the immensely diverse, rich and multi-faceted Jewish experience. 

The LBI Film Club’s sixth offering is:

The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfrid Israel (Israel, 2016)

The film tells the remarkable story of Wilfrid Israel – a wealthy Jewish businessman and owner of Berlin’s largest department store in the 1930’s, who was involved in the saving of tens of thousands of Jews and played a key role in the Kindertransport operation. Israel was a member of one of Germany’s most prominent Jewish families and acquainted with some of the most influential figures of the 20th century, yet little is known about his personal life and heroic endeavours. Why did his story remain untold? What was there to hide?

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