The Testament


Philadelphia Premiere
: Sunday, November 5
Time: 7:00 PM
: The Gershman Y

Director: Amichai Greenberg
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: Austria, Israel
Year: 2017
Running Time: 96 min
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles

Sponsored by: Dan and Cathy Kaufman

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Having spent over fifteen years studying the Nazi methods of annihilating Jews in Austria and Hungary, Yoel (Ori Pfeffer) is regarded as one of the leading international experts in Holocaust research. A self-proclaimed seeker of truth, he is troubled by his latest project – to locate a mass grave of Jewish victims of mob brutality in Lensdorf during WWII. It’s a race against the clock as a land development deal is set to go through and potentially cover the alleged gravesite forever. His efforts seem to be frustrated on all sides as witnesses, survivors, and collaborators all prove unreliable, excusing their reluctance to share information for fear of retribution.

Later, upon perusing some classified documents, Yoel stumbles upon a testimony submitted by his own mother. In researching the documents further, Yoel is shocked to learn that his mother has been living under an assumed identity his entire life. Acknowledging that he may have built his whole life upon a lie, he hides behind his work to uncover the truth and claim justice for the victims and survivors of the Lensdorf massacre.

A taut and suspenseful thriller, THE TESTAMENT pins you to your seat from start to finish.

Special Guests: Dr. Marcia Sachs Littell, Author and Emeritus Professor at Stockton University.


For Fans of: Dramas, foreign cinema, Holocaust cinema, Israeli cinema, mysteries, religion, thrillers, WWII cinema

Official Selection: Venice International Film Festival

Community Partners:

Gratz College Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program

Holocaust Remembrance Education Program Jewish War Veterans Post 697


Temple University Department of History

University of Pennsylvania Department of History