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Premiere Screening of "The Good Nazi"

Saturday, January 19, 2019 13 Shevat 5779

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

To view the trailer, please click HERE

BAYT is thrilled to present the North American Premiere of Simcha Jacobovici’s new film, THE GOOD NAZI. Directed by Ric Esther Bienstock, the movie is based on the life of Major Karl Plagge, a member of the SS, who during World War 2 established a forced labour camp outside of the Vilna Ghetto. In the camp known as HKP 562, Plagge sought to save as many Jews as he could utilizing work permits issued on the false premise that the holders' skills were vital to the German war effort.

Thanks to Major Plagge’s warnings about the final round ups, 200 Jews were saved, the largest group of survivors from the Vilna Ghetto.

In 1999, Dr. Michael Good, accompanied his mother Pearl, one of the survivors of Camp HKP 562, to Vilnius and Dr. Good wrote a book entitled "The Search for Major Plagge: The Nazi Who Saved Jews".

Through the efforts of the Goods and that of others, Yad Vashem recognized Plagge posthumously on April 2005 as a Righteous amongst the Nations. Working with the archeologists who initially investigated the sight in 2017, Simcha and Ric Esther Bienstosk have produced a film that had its world premiere in Vilnius in July 2018 and was described as powerful in its sensitivity as it links the testimonies of the survivors with the story of Major Plagge himself.

We are proud to host the North American premiere of this unique film, of an unknown but important story of someone who took enormous risks to save over 200 Jews from certain death as the SS liquidated the Vilna Ghetto.


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