“1945”, directed by Ferenc Török, takes a fascinating look at a European village on an August day in 1945 right after the end of World War II as two Orthodox Jews arrive at the train station with mysterious boxes labeled “fragrances.”
As the town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand back their illegally acquired property which was originally lost during the war, other villagers are afraid more survivors will come and pose a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own.

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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is considered the best of the series of novels that Bassani produced about the lives of Italian Jews in the northern Italian city of Ferrara. Although the novel focuses on the relationships between the major characters, the shadow of creeping fascism, especially the racial laws that restricted Jews’ participation in Italian society, looms over all the novel’s events. According to Bassani, one hundred and eighty-three Jews living in Ferrara were deported to German concentration camps in 1943.


In 1939, New York’s Madison Square Garden was host to an enormous and shocking gathering of 22,000 Americans that has largely been forgotten from our history.