- Miriam (Mimi) Taylor <mirtaylo@...>
> Dear Mimi, dear all,Dear all,
> It is not a question of discrimination. Not at all. I understood Mimi's
> arguments very well, and I agree with almost every point she mentions. I
> would like to mention
> a point which seems very important to. I mean the specific, spiritual
> Jewish common sphere created and conditioned by the common history of
> our people.
> This is a dimension which can by no means be experienced by Gentiles.
> The common wavelength which exists between us cannot be extended to
> other nations and religions. This is what has kept us together for 2000
> years of Galut.
> Since the Reunion is, as I understand, meant to be a forum of expressing
> and for sharing our experiences, feelings, unanswered questions,
> nostalgic memories traumatisms, unfinished grievance processes, deep
> emotions, visions, being all part of our private and intimate life, I,
> for myself, find that the Reunion should be kept as a "closed" event. Do
> we have to show off?
> However, if the committee (and that's why we have a committee,) decides
> otherwise, I shall accept their decision and behave accordingly.If Ms.
> Rostos is accepted (she seems a very nice, interested and interesting
> young person, speaks excellent English) , then all the others who _might
> _want to come as observers,_
> s_hould be welcomed. Although, Mimi and Reunion, if there are observers,
> won't we be inhibited?
> As to what Charles writes - usually one talks about two Jews and three
> opinions. Thank goodness, the Jewish nation has so much brain-power that
> there is no limit to the amount of opinions and ideas, I am sure the two
> could come up with another 100 opinions! But among civilized people one
> should reach an agreement.
> I doubt whether there will by any more reporters or journalists or
> film-directors asking about coming. However, it does not seem right to
> censure what they would be doing. No censorship please. You can't shut
> people's mouth.
> And as to Hollywood, Charles - with Glanz, Glory and Glamour -they
> have been making their big business this way, otherwise they would be
> dead today.
> I strongly disagree about the comments regarding the films of Volker
> Koepp - who has seen "Herr Zwilling und Frau Zuckermann" will agree that
> it is an excellent movie, it has had great success in Germany and is
> being shown regularly on TV. It has become a "cult" film here. The
> second one is maybe not so good because there are a lot of characters in
> the film, and not all so directly connected to Czernowitz. However, they
> are not sad films by any means., perhaps a bit melancholy, - Koepp
> looks beyond the faces of the persons speaking, and his language is at
> the same time poetical and realistic.
> Last year my husband travelled with Koepp to Czernowitz, and for the
> first time, the two films were
> shown at the "Cinemagoga", the converted synagogue. The hall was packed,
> a very mixed audience, and there was simultaneous translation. There was
> a discussion afterwards, and the reactions from the audience were mixed.
> There were several persons who were upset that Koepp had not shown "more
> modern Czernowitz and what good things have happened since the war.
> Koepp's reply was that he didn't know what to show, the glorious
> buildings of the communist era, the great situation of the working
> people, who don't know when their salaries come, or don't have enough
> money, or , or Other persons complained that the films were only about
> Jews-yet in the first film we see the Ukrainian farmers and their
> festivities, in the second film there are at least 2 non-Jewish local
> characters, the old German Mr. Schlamp and the young Ukrainian student
> Tanja, who have a lot to tell. That's how people react. They see what
> they want to see.
> I will bring the two videos of the film to the Reunion, and perhaps in
> the evenings there will be time to see them, for those who are interested.
> All this does not mean that I want Koepp to come. He is just interested
> in any event taking place in Czernowitz. And for the other
> journalist/cameraman, I don't even know him, he was recommended to me by
> the former director of the Bosch Foundation in Czernowitz.
> All this will make things easier or more difficult?
> My best regards to all of you, and to the Committee, who has been
> working so hard.
Thank you Gabriele, although, please do take a vote of all the participants
And only the participants, as on the last table of participants. The
committee was elected a long time ago, before half of the current
participants even know of the committee, also before we considered such