The Last Mentsch


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Sunday, November 6
 1:30 PM
The Gershman Y

Director: Pierre-Henry Salfati
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: France, Germany, and Switzerland
Year: 2014
Running Time: 93 min
Languages: English, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, and Yiddish w/ English subtitles

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Having spent a lifetime concealing his heritage, an aging German Holocaust survivor must prove his Jewish identity in THE LAST MENTSCH.

Born Menachem Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz (German Academy Award winner Mario Adorf) escaped Auschwitz with his life only to exterminate his Jewishness. Without family, a synagogue, or a single Jewish friend, the hardened old man has so effectively created a new identity that the rabbis refuse his appeal to be buried in a Jewish cemetery when he dies. Determined to return to his birthplace and establish his ancestry, Marcus enlists the help of a brash, chain-smoking Turkish woman with a troubled history of her own. The unlikely duo set out on a road trip to a small village on the Hungarian-Romanian border, a journey that will irrevocably change them both.

Packed with powerful performances, director Pierre-Henry Salfati’s emotional narrative of friendship and healing explores the cost of forgetting one’s past and the power in its reclamation.

Guest Speaker: Ian Fleishman, Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

Sponsors: Kristin and Michael Karp, Amy and Richard Oller, Harriet and Larry Weiss/CRW Graphics

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Awards and Honors: Winner of PJFF35’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Film; Best Film at the 2015 San Diego Jewish Film Festival; and Best Film at the 2015  St. Louis International Film Festival

Subjects: Aging, friendship, healing, Jewish identity, Judaism, love, mourning, rabbis, road trips

For Fans Of: Mario Adorf, German cinema, Holocaust cinema, road trip movies, romantic films

Community Partners:

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Rowan University German Studies Department



University of Pennsylvania Holocaust Education Committee