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Love Story

This 1997 BBC video by Catrine Clay documents the wartime romance between Lilly Wurst, the model mother of four Aryan boys in World War II-era Berlin, and Felice Schraderheim, a Jewish anti-Nazi activist. While its mixing of still photos, archival footage, and contemporary interviews is familiar, the story is quite moving. When Felice finally “comes out” as a Jew, Lilly responds, “I'll love you even more,” and they write their own marriage contracts. There's something uncommonly spooky about seeing Hitler and Goebbels intercut with this unusual women's story; the horror of Nazism becomes freshly personalized when we learn of Felice's arrest, an event prefigured in the video by her absence from the present-day sequences. On the same program, Alisa Lebow and Cynthia Madansky?s Treyf tells the story of two Jewish lesbians in New York City; its raw handheld camerawork personalizes it but ultimately becomes distracting, and the film?s joyful tone seems almost celebratory.


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