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346 Oskar & Jack
Twins Reunited
Directed by Frauke Sandig
Produced by Wolfgang Bergmann


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Overview

Genre

Human Interest, Biography, Society, and History

Synopsis

In late 1979, two gentlemen arrived at the Airport in Minneapolis who bore an amazing resemblance to each other: the same stature, the same faces, the same voices. They even wore similar clothing and nearly identical glasses – and both had mustaches. They had met only once before – in Germany in 1954. As can be imagined, Oskar and Jack are indentical twins. Their German mother and Romanian Jewish father had met on board an emigration ship. They separated shortly after the twins were born in Trinidad in 1933, and the brother’s lives took radically different turns. Their mother took Oskar to his grandmother in the Sudetenland. She raised him in a strict Catholic tradition and the spirit of Nazism. He became an enthusiastic member of the Hitler Youth. Jack stayed in the Caribbean with his father who brought him up as a Jew. At age sixteen, he went to Israel to do his part to build the new Jewish state. On his honeymoon in 1954, he stopped off in Germany to meet his mother and twin brother

Stage

finished

Running time

60 minutes

Links

Credits

Frauke Sandig ... Director

Nurith Aviv ... Camera

Inge Schneider ... Editor

Wolfgang Bergmann ... Producer

Martin Steyer ... Sound Mix

Production Details

Country

Germany

Production years

1996

Locations

Germany, California, Trinidad

Prod. Partners

Lichtfilm, Filmbüro NRW

Distribution Details

Release year

1996

Festivals

San Franciso International Film Festival, Hamptons Int., London Jewish Film Festival, Duiburger Filmwoche, Wellington, San francisco Jewish Film Festival

Awards

Golden Gate Award

Broadcast (Prod.)

WDR / ARTE

Broadcast (Acq.)

KQED

Language

English, German

Subtitles

English, German