Excerpt from Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom
I go to see another film: 10% – What Makes a Hero, a documentary by Yoav Shamir. Lights go off once more, images come up on the screen in the dark hall and I see Hamburg.
No. Not the Hamburg I left just days before with its beautiful Turkish Airlines lady. No. The Hamburg we are shown here is Hamburg of 1936. A different Hamburg. Instead of the smiling Turkish fan of an actor named Mehmet, what we see here are mobs of Germans giving the Hitler Salute. Soon the camera zooms in on the saluters and there, smack in the middle of the mobs, is one man who won’t salute. This very man, a voice tells us, has triggered the mind of the director of this film, who is also its leading character, to wonder what drives a single man in a huge crowd not to follow the crowd and take such a risk. In short: What makes a man a hero?
The film goes on and, as you might expect, Germans feature in it again. We see for example the daughters of Georg Alexander Hansen, a man killed by the Nazis for his involvement in the attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. They are Dagmar and Frauke, one blond, the other not. They try to speak English, which is a bit broken, but the story they tell on the screen with tears rolling down their cheeks needs no words in whatever language.
The film drags on, but at the end we get to see the conclusion: Who is the heroic anti-Hitler of our day and who is today’s Nazi-equivalent. The hero is Jonathan Shapira, a person I don’t have any clue about but this film explains. Jonathan comes from a distinguished Israeli family, was a celebrated pilot in the Israeli Air Force, beloved by all, but at some point in his successful life he decided to give it all up. These days he thinks the worst of Israel and declares that Israel commits crimes against humanity. And since this is a film, where mere words do not suffice, we are shown the Israeli army throwing tear gas canisters on what seems to be peaceful demonstrators near the West Bank town of Bil’in. The gas effect, especially in close ups, is not pretty. To Jonathan, this tear gas display squeezes out of him the “last drop of Zionism” he still had in his heart.
Guess who’s today’s Hitler? Obviously enough, our generation’s Chief Nazi is no other than the Israeli army, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). Had this film been produced outside of Israel, many would have said the filmmaker was an anti-Semite, but this film is the creation of an Israeli, of a Jew. As the credit lines roll on the screen I notice that this film was given funding by companies......
From the author's inverview with Yoav Shamir,
director of "10% – What Makes a Hero?"
Tuvia: Your movei starts with Nazis and ends with the IDF.
Yoav Shamir: Those were soldiers and these were soldiers. Those obeyed and these obey.
Tuvia: The picture you make of Israel makes me think that this country has reached bottom. Correct?
Yoav Shamir: Lowever than bottom
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