In the aftermath of the Holocaust, German and Jewish leaders met in secret to negotiate the unthinkable – compensation for the survivors of the largest mass genocide in history. Survivors were in urgent need of help, but how could reparations be determined for the unprecedented destruction and suffering of a people? Directed by award-winning filmmaker Roberta Grossman, RECKONINGS is the first documentary feature to chronicle the harrowing process of negotiating German reparations for the Jewish people, which resulted in the groundbreaking Luxembourg Agreements of 1952.
Filmed in six countries, this engrossing film brings these moments to life with dramatized scenes and interviews with historians as well as Ben Ferencz, the one surviving participant from these historic talks, who had previously served as prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. By confronting the past, the German and Jewish leaders charted a better future for a desperate and traumatized people. Their actions led to the first time in history that individual victims of persecution received material compensation from the perpetrators.
Learn more about the film at https://reckoningsfilm.org/.
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