Oro Macht Frei is a documentary film
about the Roman Jews and the the Nazi occupation of Rome (Sept 8, 1943 - June
4, 1944) told through the personal testimonies of 9 Roman Jews, archival
footage, family photos and the contribution of renowned scholars on the
subject. OMF sheds
light on the little known story of what happened to Italy's Jewish population
during their country's military alliance with Nazi Germany, from the Italian
Racial Laws (1938) through the Nazi occupation. Particular focus is given to SS. Lt. Col.
Herbert Kappler's Gold Extortion when Roman Jews were told they would not be
deported if they paid a ransom of 50 kilos (110 lbs) of gold. This sad deception, with the subsequent
deportation of 1,013 Roman Jews to Auschwitz, provides insight into how
difficult it was for the Roman Jews to understand the kind of danger they
were in. In addition to stories of
hiding and arrest, OMF
examines the Catholic Church's response to the round-up of Roman Jews and
Pope Pius XII's diplomatic position throughout WWII. Original musical score by Yotam Haber.
"Jews who witnessed these cataclysmic events recall them
in vivid stories that speak volumes. Oro Macht
Frei brings it all back." - Sheldon
"The film methodically traces history of this community as the oldest
continuous Jewish Community in Europe. The interviews of survivors is a
testament to the survival of the Italian Jewish community to its present day.
Every school whether it is a high school or University must show this film
when teaching 20th century European History." - Joseph Flaschner, Young
Israel of Hillcrest
"Everything about Oro Macht Frei meets the highest
standards of excellence. The text is accurate, complex but clear, and deeply
moving. It shows that some Italian non-Jews were
indifferent spectators, some were hostile Fascist activists and informers,
and some were benevolent rescuers… The survivor testimonies are beautiful,
and in many cases add to the historical record. The films and photographs are
apt and moving. I liked the narration and the music. I am proud to be
associated with the film." - Susan Zuccotti
The Producers of Ottimo Films request that any money raised from the presentation of this film, after covering screening fees, be devoted to organizations and activities whose mission is in accordance with the spirit and vision with which this documentary was made: to educate about the Holocaust, to support communities of Holocaust survivors and their families, to teach about human rights and genocide studies with the implicit objective to protect human rights, globally and locally.
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