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  • What’s behind the dark charisma of ‘Son of Saul’ star Geza Rohrig?

    February 18, 2016 | 12:51 pm

    When the Hungarian-Jewish poet Geza Rohrig agreed to play the lead role in the Oscar-nominated Holocaust drama “Son of Saul,” he knew he was taking on a daunting challenge.

    With very little acting experience, Rohrig, 48, agreed to portray the complex lead in a shoestring...

  • ‘Son of Saul’: For Claims Conference, Oscar nominee was a big gamble

    February 2, 2016 | 10:24 am

    Set amid a 1944 prisoner uprising at Auschwitz, “Son of Saul” stood out as a long shot when its producers first applied for funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The film’s director, Laszlo Nemes, had no experience with feature films; its lead actor...

  • Why we need rabbis: A lesson from ‘Son of Saul’

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 30, 2015 | 11:50 am

    “Son of Saul,” Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes’ debut feature, begins in metaphor.

    In its first minutes, we are yanked from a blurry but serene image of a green forest, where it is so quiet it is possible to hear birds sing, and thrust into a place no other Holocaust film I can...

  • ‘Son of Saul’ and the mitzvah of surviving the unimaginable

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 16, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Filmmaker Laszlo Nemes and actor Geza Rohrig stood on both sides of Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Dario Gabbai, grasping his hands tightly as they slowly and painstakingly led him up the path to a home in Westwood on a recent Monday morning.

    Gabbai, 93, is perhaps the last living...

  • Shlomo Venezia, who survived being an Auschwitz Sonderkommando, dies

    October 2, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Shlomo Venezia, a Holocaust survivor who wrote about his experiences in an Auschwitz Sonderkommando unit and spent years bearing personal testimony to the Shoah, has died.

    Venezia, who was born in Salonika (Thessaloniki), Greece, died Sept. 30 in Rome at the age of 88.


  • Theater: The answer isn’t black and white

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Scott Jay and Brian Weed, star/producer and director, respectively, of "The Grey Zone," now playing at the Deaf West Theater, initially had reservations about staging a play about Auschwitz's Sonderkommando, Jews who cleaned the gas chambers and crematoria in exchange for a few...