Shattered :: a Reel Change event
Shattered: Journey into a silent Past.
Sunday, November 13th.
meet & greet at 6pm & documentary film at 7pm.
followed by Q&A with local legend Britta Franz.
Britta and Marianne Lion grew up in a Jewish family in my hometown Aachen. As a filmmaker I was interested in their fate because in 1937, when the two sisters were 9 and 12 years old they were forced to leave Germany and flee to the United States together with their parents. Their father, Curt Lion, owned a beautiful clothing store named Appelrath-Cüpper and sold it to my grandfather shortly before the flight. How did the transaction actually take place and were the two businessmen able to avoid the "Nazification" and all the taxes on Jewish property?
Together with Britta and Marianne, we researched letters, photographs and archives. We visited the store which still exists and found traces of their relatives who didn't succeed to escape the Nazis.
The siblings are two of hundreds of thousands of German Jews who lost their home country and many family members -- a widely silenced generation.