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Dear Fredy

An inspiring documentary about a heroic gay Jewish sportsman who ended up in Auschwitz.

Credits

Dir-Scr Rubi Gat
Prod Shahar Ben Hor
Israel
2017
74min
Prod Co Clemantina

This powerful film documents the life of Fredy Hirsch. Born in Germany, he lived in Prague prior to the Second World War and rare for that time, he was an openly gay man. A tireless promoter of sport, and gymnastics in particular, he remained active even when the Nazis tried to exclude Jews from any sporting facilities. A spokesperson who fearlessly negotiated with the SS at Theresienstadt ghetto, when he was moved to Auschwitz he set up a day-care centre for 600 children. Using rare photographs, archive footage and witness testimony Dear Fredy is an extraordinary story and a celebration of a heroic figure who died fighting for the betterment of others.

+ The Red Tree

L’albero rosso

Credits

Dir Paul Rowley
Ireland-USA-Italy
2018
22min

A fascinating experimental documentary about a little-known Italian prison camp for gay men during the Second World War, located on a remote island.

Brian Robinson


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