Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fate did not let me Go 2002

    On August 24, 1942, Valli Ollendorf writes a letter to her son Ulrich just days before she dies in the Thereseinstadt concentration camp.  The letter was lost for 43 years and it reaches her son in 1985 when he is 79 years old.  The letter was a family secret for years until Ulrich passed away.  The Ollendorf family asked their rabbi to read the letter at his eulogy.  The faith, hope and love contained in the letter impacted everyone that read or heard it read.  Many people wanted a copy of the letter for inspiration.
     Ulrich Ollendorf was able to escape from the Germans because he had the proper paperwork to go to England and then to America.  He and his wife went together to England and then Ulrich went alone to America for one year.  He needed to be certified as an optometrist and to learn English.  He was known for trying to help anyone who needed his medical help.  This film is interesting and another small glimpse into the hardships of WWII.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

30 min, Doc, War directed by Dominik Sedlar and Jakov Sedlar and narrators Marin Sheen and Liv Ullmann.

Note:  Imdb 5.3 out of 10, Amazon 4.2* out of 5* with 10 reviews.  
Special Note:  The title in Hebrew is Sudbina mi nije dala da odem.

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