"The man on the balcony" Print E-mail

Rudolf Gelbard was deported to the concentration camp Theresienstadt alongside his Jewish parents in 1942. Since 1945 he puts himself out for the clarification of the Nazi-regime´s crimes.



In this movie Gelbard leads us to certain venues of his childhood in Vienna, where the "Jewboy" had to endure humilation after Hitler´s march-in to Austria in 1938. He also witnessed at first hand the cynically so called "Reichskristallnacht" with its pogroms and was also witness to the fire of the big synagogue in Vienna´s Tempelgasse. In October 1942 he was deported to Theresienstadt alongside his family.


A substential part of Kurt Brazda´s documentary is dedicated to Rudolf Gelbard´s experiances in Theresienstadt, where he had to spend a crucial part of his childhood and youth from 1942 to 1945. Of the 15.000 children to be brought to this forecourt of extinction, only about 200 survived, including him.


We accompany him on a drive to Terezin/Theresienstadt. There he shows the scene of his childhood, shaped of fear and hopelessness, unthinkable for those, who were born afterwards. For him, it certanly is no easy journey...


This film is available with english subtitles...