Louisville Jewish Film Festival: LOVE IT WAS NOT
February 15 - February 17
In this astonishing but true story, a Nazi officer falls in love with a Jewish concentration camp prisoner, a taboo romance with decades-long repercussions. A Slovakian cantor’s daughter and aspiring performer, beautiful Helena Citron is among the first inmates to confront the dehumanizing conditions of Auschwitz. There, she captures the attention of Franz Wunsch, a high-ranking SS officer smitten by her singing voice. Risking execution if caught, their forbidden liaison continues until Helena’s miraculous liberation. The pair don’t meet again until Helena is a witness at his war crimes trial 30 years later. This film is buttressed by extensive eyewitness accounts, painstaking photo montages and an evocative score.
Winner of Best Israeli Film at Docaviv International Film Festival. Winner of Documentary Jury Prize at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
Sponsored by: Cantor David Lipp’s Discretionary Fund at Congregation Adath Jeshurun