November 16, 2007

Films: A love triangle in... Bergen Belsen

Via Jpost:
'I'm a very special Holocaust survivor," says Jack Polak. "I was in the camps with my wife and my girlfriend; and believe me, it wasn't easy."

This may sound like a line from the new genre of Holocaust films with humor, but Polak (who is Jacob on his birth certificate, Jack in America, Jaap to his Dutch friends, and Jab to his wife) is just stating the facts in the documentary feature *Steal a Pencil for Me.*

Another shorthand way of summarizing the storyline: Jack, an accountant in Amsterdam in the early 1940s, is married to Manja, but falls in love with Ina. All three are deported to Bergen-Belsen, where Jack and Ina carry on an intensive romantic correspondence.
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