Screening at Theatre Three*
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, New York, 11777
Directed by Maya Sarfaty
The romantic relationship between Helena Zitron, a beautiful Jewish prisoner at Auschwitz, and SS officer Franz Wunch remains one of the most confounding stories of Holocaust survival. Fascinating first-person accounts confirm their affair began when Helena was forced to sing at a party where she caught Wunsch's eye. Besotted, he transfers her to lighter duties, and even nurses her through typhoid. But when Helena's sister Rose arrives at the camp, a tragedy irrevocably fuses the fates of the three together. Whether Helena was simply surviving, collaborating, or truly in love with Wunsch will haunt both sisters even 30 years after they flee to Israel. Meticulous historical investigation reveals that Wunch repeatedly tried to reunite with his love over the years, ultimately requesting Helena testify at his war crimes trial in 1972. Rescued by her beauty and her will to survive, Helena recognizes her need to tell the truth and is forced to make an impossible choice once again.
Our guest speaker will be Maya Sarfaty, Director, in a pre- recorded Q&A from Israel, moderated by Tom Needham, the host of The Sounds of Film on Stony Brook University’s WUSB radio.
This event is graciously sponsored by Temple Isaiah, Stony Brook, NY and North Shore Jewish Center, Port Jefferson Station, NY.
Tickets $10 or buy a discounted pass for the entire fall series at: portjeffdocumentaryseries.com/ticketsvenues
++We are still cognizant of COVID and will follow all Covid guidelines at time of each screening. Theatre Three has upgraded their ventilation system and has ample seating to maintain social distancing.
*FULL VACCINATIONS AND MASKS REQUIRED TO ENTER THEATRE THREE.