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The Invisibles

(Die Unsichtbaren)

Berlin, 1943: The true story of four young people who must hide their identities to survive

More than 70 years after the Holocaust, there remain uncommon or under-told stories to be shared. With its mix of first-person interviews, archival footage and dramatic reenactments, the docudrama The Invisibles is a gripping, involving and affecting experience.

Poster for the WWII docudrama The InvisiblesDirector Claus Räfle recounts the harrowing tales of four of the 1,700 Berlin Jews who survived the Holocaust by hiding in plain sight, often in safe houses provided by defiant non-Jews. Seventeen-year-old Hanni Lévy (played in the dramatic segments by Alice Dwyer) became a blonde and hid out in movie theatres; Cioma Schönhaus (Max Mauff), a graphic artist, went underground forging passports; Eugen Friede (Aaron Altaras) fell for the daughter of his secret hosts and later joined a resistance group; and Ruth Arndt (Ruby O. Fee), posed as a war widow and worked as a maid to a Nazi officer.

The stories of these four survivors are tense and powerful as they recall fear, poverty, hunger and desperation plus the immense courage and skill it took to stay alive against all odds.

– Gary Goldstein, The Los Angeles Times

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