They began life as Heinz and Manfred, growing up in the village of Hoffenheim, not far from Heidelberg. But history, wearing a brown shirt, descended upon them, and within a few years, Heinz was calling himself Menachem and was starting life over in Israel, and Manfred became Fred when he moved to America.
The story of their wartime survival and the fate of their parents is what we tell in this story—and how they made the decision to return to Hoffenheim for a visit.
Our film is narrated in three versions – in German, in Hebrew and in English – by Ilay Elmkies, an 18-year-old Israeli soccer player enrolled in the TSG Hoffenheim Youth Academy.
A Study Guide for Zahor – created by our German Centropa teachers Michael Heitz (Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Sinsheim) and Alan Götz (Hartmanni-Gymnasium Eppingen) – can be downloaded here.