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Liga Terezin

Sports & Competition, Holocaust, History, Jewish Film, Europe, Religion
Michael Schwartz & Avi Kanner
52 minutes



Hundreds of matches of soccer were played in Terezin. From 1942-1944, on an impoverished field, Jewish prisoners in Terezin organized and played matches on an set up in the courtyard of the barracks in which they lived. In the summer of 1944 the Nazis shot a propaganda film directed by Kurt Gerron. Gerron's film was shown to the international Red Cross in late 1944 convincing the organization that there was no extermination in any of the camps.

Oded Breda discovered his uncle, Pavel Breda, in that unique footage. He takes us to Terezin and from there to the biggest European soccer clubs and into matches in Holland (Ajax) and England (Tottenham), as well as a visit from the German National team to Yad Vashem. In Liga Terezin's extraordinary story, the past and present are brought together providing an open road for the future.


Michael Schwartz

Debutant director
"Liga Terezin", 2011.-Director and Script : Holocaust, Football and Anti-Semitism.
1987 to present-CNN Jerusalem producer.

Avi Kanner

Avi Kanner, director.
"Grandpa Leon had gone and no one knows where", 2009. Director, Cameraman and Editor: n Israeli painter who left Israel and is living in Amsterdam. The movie was screened at the IDFA festival.
"Pizza in Auschwitz", 2008-(Cameraman): Accompanying a Holocaust survivor with his children to the places of his childhood.
"Bikurim", 2000-Short film. A final project in "Film & Television Hadassah College, Jerusalem" wining the first prize.
"Liga Terezin", 2011-Director and Cameraman: Holocaust, Football and Anti-Semitism.

2002 - 2012: Cameraman of CNN Israel.


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