“Everybody — every human being — has the obligation to contribute somehow to this world”
—Edith Carter, Holocaust Survivor
The Last Mentsch on 2/9/17; 7:30 at the Kenwood Theater and again on 2/19/17 at 3:00 at the Mayerson JCC
Having spent a lifetime concealing his heritage, an aging German Holocaust survivor finally tries to come to terms with his past in THE LAST MENTSCH.
Born as Menachem Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz escaped Auschwitz with his life. Post war, he exterminates his Jewishness. With no synagogue, Jewish friends or family, the hardened old man has effectively created a new identity. But, when faced with his own mortality, he makes an appeal to be buried in a Jewish cemetery in Cologne, which is denied. Determined to return to his birthplace and establish his ancestry, Marcus enlists the help of Gül, a brash, chain-smoking Turkish woman with a troubled history of her own. The unlikely duo set out on a road trip to a small village on the Hungarian-Romanian border, a journey that will irrevocably change them both.