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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 file photo, Olympic figure skating champion and TV presenter Tatiana Navka, right, and her husband Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov pose at the opening of a skating rink in Red Square in Moscow. Former Olympic ice dancer Navka and her on-ice partner Andrei Burkovsky caused controversy by dressing up in concentration camp uniforms for a dance routine on a popular television show broadcasted on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)MOSCOW (AP) — An Olympic ice-dancing gold medalist and her on-ice partner have caused controversy by dressing up in concentration camp uniforms for a dance routine on a popular television show.



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Not a Holocaust Film

Co-authored Joshua Diamond

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This is the story of Henrich Himmler told by himself and his family through their letters and personal diaries, which were not burned as he requested. They were secreted away by an American until the ’60s, then given to the Israeli archivists.

Ms. Lapa applied tenacity laced with the patience of an archeologist picking away the dirt-encrusted bones of a Neanderthal and placing the remains back on its feet, neatly arranging the puzzle over a seven-year period. The challenge of putting together well over 300 letters and documents was painstaking, not to mention deeply intimate. Though some may say that Himmler was humanized by these letters, I only see a small man’s rise to power that overwhelmed his diminutive ego while creating an inferno that sent millions to their untimely deaths.

He was not well liked in school, he had been sickly and a below average student which might explain his need to be important at any cost. Ms. Lapa uses voice-over and a substantial amount of archival footage, as well as home movies belonging to Himmler to tell his story in extensive detail.

While a wide-range of players were integral to the making of The Decent One, the most enticing is Katrin Himmler, the great-niece of the not-so-decent one who consulted with Ms. Lapa behind the scenes. Interestingly enough, while she chose to retain her family name, Katrin was until-recently married to a Jewish-Israeli. Lapa noted that she was a great source of information.

Lapa and her team did not embark on a nearly decade-long journey in an attempt to carve a niche in the plethora of Holocaust films that have been made to date. The Decent One is not the standard narrative, and her camera is not a mere projector for redundant footage of the Nazi atrocities. Rather, it shines light between the lines of what is thought to be a fully-known story.

Ms. Lapa’s ability to gently weave between the various — and often contradicting — traits of the horrifying man is the defining attribute of the film. There is the Himmler, who addresses his wife as “my darling” to the accompaniment of soft piano tones in the background. Venturing further into the “human” side of Himmler, there is the workaholic who forgets his own wedding anniversary. In seconds’ notice, however, the viewer is reacquainted with the hideous face behind the mask: As Hitler’s henchman describes the demanding nature of his job, we see footage of a young man being beaten by Nazis. This trend continues, with one scene displaying a love for his daughter “Pupee” and “darling” wife, only to be followed by a letter to his mistress, Hedwig Potthast. Later on, we see the same unconventional “family man” writing from a concentration camp.

This is not just another Holocaust story about one human being-turned-monster, but it is about the potential for many to become that. As co-producer Felix Breisach explains, “This is happening right now and could be anywhere. Look around the world.” Mr. Breisach, an Austrian and also a director in his own right, is the son of a Nazi and feels that these stories should never be ignored, that though they were not spoken of in his native Austria or even in Germany till the ’80s, perhaps it is best that we keep on talking about it and making our children aware. The Decent One serves as a specter which many human beings see in the shadows.

Now playing at New York’s Film Forum and internationally.
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Ilie Wacs And Deborah Strobin, Holocaust Survivors, Search For SS Officer Alois, Who Saved Their Family On Kristallnacht

Ilie Wacs and Deborah Strobin will never forget the terror they felt as they hid inside their apartment in Austria while the sound of Nazi boots drew closer on November 9th and 10th in 1938. They didn’t make a sound on the fateful night of Kristallnacht, known to many Jews as “The Night of Broken Glass,” but their silence wasn’t the only reason that they and their family were spared from the violence.

Their deliverance came in an unexpected form — that of a young Nazi SS officer named Alois, who worked for their father, Mortiz Wachs, at his tailoring business in Vienna. Alois alerted the Wachs of the upcoming pogrom, and urged them to leave Austria before August 31, 1939, which was the day before Germany invaded Poland and World War II broke out.

Wacs, who was eleven at the time, recalls how Alois’ protection helped them remain safe on Kristallnacht in the book, “An Uncommon Journey,” that he co-authored with his sister, Deborah Strobin:

Alois came to our house. His tone was quite grave, and he convinced Papa that something terrible was going to happen. I could tell it was dangerous for him even to be seen in our home. He told Papa, “Gather your family tonight. Tell them to come here. Keep everyone inside. You will not be touched.”

Our building did not have an elevator, only stone steps. I stood inside the door, and I heard hobnail boots coming up, click, click, click, and click. I heard men’s voices. I heard the boots stop at our door, and then I heard them move on. They never even knocked. We were passed over. We were shielded by Alois. We were saved.

The family managed to escape into Italy, then to Shanghai, and the siblings now reside in New York City. They’ve recounted their family history in their book, “An Uncommon Journey,” but one question remains unanswered– what happened to Alois? Wacs and Strobin are on a mission to find him with the little information that they have, so they can honor him with the title of “Righteous Gentile.”

Wacs told The Huffington Post that if he found Alois or his descendants, “I would thank him for saving our lives.” He continued, “To me, it is somewhat of a mystery why a person would be willing to sacrifice his family– because that was what was at stake! But some people did it. If we do find him, he would deservedly be one of the Righteous Gentiles.”

He shared more thoughts about his experience, remarking that many people ask him questions about what he thinks is the moral of the story.

In response, Wacs said, “There is no moral. Life is random. Survival is primarily a matter of luck. We survived because of that man, but if that man hadn’t been around, we wouldn’t have survived. It’s difficult to draw moral conclusions.”

Recalling how he and his family stayed alive, Wacs commented, “The only thing I keep saying, is that the only thing you can do in situations like that, is to be optimistic.”

The siblings will share their story on November 10th at the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, marking the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. This follows an art opening on Thursday, November 7th, at the Museum of Tolerance New York, which will host a month-long showing of Wac’s artwork. The exhibit, “A Gathering Storm: The Vienna Papers, 1938” is a collection that draws inspiration from the official documents associated with their lives and identities.

See family photos as well as selected art from Wacs here:

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