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‘Plan A’ dramatizes real plot to kill millions of Germans as payback for Holocaust

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Max, a German Jew who lost his wife and child in the Holocaust, has gotten a job with the Nuremberg water supply department in the aftermath of World War II. While rebuilding the war-ravaged facilities, he comes across a blueprint of the entire system. Using his artistic skills, he quickly copies it on paper and brings it back to a secret Jewish group that’s plotting a massive act of revenge for the Shoah.

It may sound like a larger-than-life thriller, but this story is actually true — and it’s the subject of a new film, “Plan A,” by Israeli fraternal directors Yoav and Doron Paz.

While Max is a fictional character created for the film, he’s based on Abba Kovner, leader of the underground group Nakam.

The group — whose name means “revenge” or “vengeance” in Hebrew — aimed to poison the water supply in several German cities, including Nuremberg, and kill millions of Germans in retribution for the dead of the Holocaust.

The plan ultimately failed, and Kovner became more famous for his Israel Prize-winning poetry than his plotting. Now, the Paz brothers are retelling the grim narrative of these “avengers” in “Plan A,” which is currently on the festival circuit and streaming online via the Boston Jewish Film Festival through November 21.

“Of course, in today’s [perspective] it was a horrible plan… killing innocent civilians, women and children,” Yoav Paz told The Times of Israel in a joint Zoom conversation with his brother. “For so many years, they kept it a secret. They know how it sounds today, how horrible it sounds.”

According to Yoav Paz, the members of Nakam “wanted revenge on a biblical scale.”

“Revenge is a subject that is still relevant, unfortunately, today,” Doron Paz said. “And not just in Israel. You can see revenge… reading the news around the world — a vicious cycle of violence, endless violence going on. We want to raise the question about this subject.”

“Our goal in the movie was trying to portray the human side of the revenge,” he said. “A........

© The Times of Israel

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