LCFF 2015 Short

Becoming Henry

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Henry Oertelt and his new wife survived the Holocaust. In the early 1950’s, they immigrated to Minnesota from Berlin.

Henry, like many Survivors, originally never wanted to talk about his experiences in Germany during the Holocaust. However, he and his wife, Inge attended a party where Arnold Fink, one of the guests was very nosy and kept pestering him with questions. Henry tried to dodge him but he was very persistent. Finally, Arnold extracted the information he was looking for– the time and place of Henry’s liberation. They discover that both of them were there at the exact same time! Arnold was actually the American officer who had stopped his vehicle in front of Henry’s tired marching group of survivors after a three-day death march outside of Flossenberg. Arthur had given them their first directives at the moment of the return from their so long-awaited freedom. He then described the very scene of Henry’s liberation from his angle.

The two men stayed in touch for the rest of their lives.

Saturday 9/12 – 11:00 am – Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium (screening with Fore!, Lily’s Journey, 9:30 AM, Through the Breaking Glass, The Fake, Winter’s Journey, Bernard Le Grand, Becoming Henry, Sonnet 134, Que La Nuit Soit Douce, 1-0, Boogaloo & Graham).

Free screening – requires online registration to reserve a seat.

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