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Love It Was Not (2021)

Documentary 1h 26m

Superb documentary about the incredible story of an SS officer and a Jewish prisoner who fall in love and have an affair at Auschwitz.

Synposis: Flamboyant and full of life, Helena Citron is taken to Auschwitz as a young woman, and soon finds unlikely solace under the tutelage of Franz Wunsch, a high-ranking SS officer who falls in love with her and her magnetic singing voice. Risking a certain execution if caught, their forbidden relationship went on until her miraculous liberation.

But when a letter arrives from Wunsch’s wife, thirty years later, begging Helena to testify on Wunsch’s behalf, she’s faced with an impossible decision: will she help the man who brutalised so many lives, but saved hers, along with some of the people closest to her?

“The result of long years of research, Love It Was Not is remarkable not only for its unusual central story and unique creative execution, but also for its extensive eyewitness testimonies.” ~ Alissa Simon, Variety.


Maya Sarfaty


German, Hebrew




Austria, Israel

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