Gebertig | Chicago Reader

Gebertig

Rather than consider Austria's complicity in the crimes of the Third Reich, many Austrians regard themselves as Hitler's first victims. Directors Robert Schindel and Lukas Stepanik target the complacency of their countrymen in this 2002 film, which brings together four legatees of the Holocaust: the son of a Mengele-like Nazi physician, a Jewish cabaret artist who sings of Vienna as “the capital of forgetting,” a concentration camp survivor turned Broadway tunesmith, and a journalist whose left-leaning father opposed the Nazis. Schindel and Stepanik try to bring the past to life with scenes from the characters' childhoods, but the intercutting is crude and the imagery sometimes cruder: it hardly seems necessary to show the dissection of a live patient, however briefly. In German with English subtitles. 115 min.

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