Oro Macht Frei / Gold Will Set You Free

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Director:  Jeffrey Bonna
Showing on 10/16/2014 at 5:30 pm

Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  71 minutes
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Synopsis:  Directed by Jeffrey Bonna, ORO MACHT FREI / GOLD WILL SET YOU FREE takes place after Italy’s Armistice with the Allied Armies (Sept 8, 1943), when Rome and its ancient Jewish population were still under German control. The title refers to the words on the gates of Auschwitz I – ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ (work will set you free) – which appeared to promise prisoners that they were in a work camp and not destined for execution. Roman Jews were told that if they paid 50 kilos of gold within 36 hours they too would not be deported – “gold will set you free.” Through testimony of nine Roman Jews, archival footage, family photos and renowned scholarship, OMF also examines the historically important diplomatic position of Pope Pius XII during WWII to the plight of the Roman Jews in particular

Country: U.S. Outlying Islands

Language: English / Italian