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AT THE CROSSROADS:
Jewish Life in Eastern Europe Today
A Film by Yale Strom

 

How was perestroika affecting Jewish communities in Poland, Hungary and former Czechoslovakia, just as the Berlin Wall was tumbling down? With his violin in hand, Yale travels and speaks with Jews and non-Jews about what it means to be a Jew in a "new" Eastern Europe.

Why this film?

"After having traveled throughout Central and Eastern Europe searching out remnant Jewish communities in the 1980's, I knew this film had to be made. Most Jews especially in America thought there was little to no Jewish life (due to the Holocaust and Stalinist years), but I knew differently. And as perestroika was spreading throughout  the East Bloc, Jewish life was changing. I decided to document this specific period 1988-89. One of the major questions I wondered about was would the volume of anti-Semitism be less or more in these fledgling democracies?"

-Yale Strom

(This film is available on 16mm & video from Yale Strom at Yitztyco@aol.com.)

 



 


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