Our review of Golda maria: vital testimony

CRITICISM – Patrick and Hugo Sobelman have collected the moving memories of their grandmother and great-grandmother who survived the Holocaust.

A race against time is launched to collect the testimonies of the last survivors of the Holocaust, who disappear one by one. By disseminating the memories of his grandmother, now deceased, Patrick Sobelman brings his stone to the wall of remembrance. The film he made with his son, Hugo, is a long-term work, as memory can be. His grandmother will have taken forty-nine years to speak, and he twenty-five years to edit his documentary.

In 1994, he felt that the old lady, then aged 84, was “ready to tell the story”, and he, ready to listen. “I was 38 years old and I had just produced a documentary by Pierre-Oscar Levy retracing the journey of the survivors of the first convoy to Auschwitz. It was a pivotal moment for me, and I said to myself that it was necessary to question my grandmother, whom I adored., says the producer. For three days, he installs his Camcorder in Golda’s living room. The story spans ten hours, which Patrick Sobelman will keep for a quarter…

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