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April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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Documentary Film, AT/DE/NL 1994, Farbe, 90 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2012

Director: Margareta Heinrich, Eduard Erne
Script: Margareta Heinrich, Eduard Erne
Camera: Hermann Dunzendorfer, Hans Hager, Firtz Köberl
Editor: Paul M. Sedlacek, Regina Turkka-Schubert
Location Sound: Oliver Stummer
Producers: Lukas Stepanik, Roy Dames, Dieter Reifarth
Production: Extrafilm
Co-production: Strandfilm (DE), Nederlands Film Institut (NL)


The town of Rechnitz, on the Austro-Hungarian border, was confronted with its past when a Jewish member of the community decided to search for 180 bodies of Jewish slave laborers killed by the Nazis in 1945 and hidden somewhere within the village. Forty-five years later, it was hoped, the bodies could be unearthed and given a proper burial, but the process turned out to be more difficult than expected. A true-life mystery, A Wall of Silence is an often fascinating account of complicity, denial and lingering anti-Semitism a half-century after the horrific revelations of the Holocaust. (Shlomo Schwartzberg)

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