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Ganef: The Trauma Of The Holocaust

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Mark Rosenblatt’s live action short, Ganef, explores the all too persistent phenomenon of Holocaust trauma as passed on from one generation to the next. It will be screened at the Manhattan Short Film Festival, which runs from September 23 to October 3.

Approximately 13 minutes in length, it unfolds in a house in London in 1962. Ruthie (Izabella Dziewanska), a little girl of about 10 years old, is playing by herself, twirling furiously and falling down in a heap on the floor.

As she watches Ruthie, Lynn (Sophie McShera), the cleaner, makes faces and runs after her playfully.

Ruthie’s mother, identified as Mrs. Hirth (Lydia Wilson), comes home, two shopping bags in hand. When Ruthie asks what’s inside, she refuses to answer. Consumed by curiosity, Ruthie asks again.

Mrs. Hirth, an attractive and stylishly-dressed woman, tells Ruthie a story about an incident during her childhood in Frankfurt. A German soldier, whom she describes in Yiddish as a ganef, or thief, barged into her family’s home and helped himself to some of their possessions. Mrs. Hirth is obviously referring to the Nazi era, when German........

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