In 2008, I read a manuscript which my friend had translated from Hebrew to English. It was about the History of the Jews of Wetter, Germany dating back to the thirteenth century. Several months later, my friend receives an invitation in the mail inviting him to the 70th Commemoration Cermony of "Kristallnacht," the night of broken glass during which hundreds of Synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses were burned down all across Europe creating the birth of "The Final Solution."
While the town was holding a 5-day commemoration event remembering the 70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, along with a couple dozen American guests, Neo-Nazi sympathizers invade without invitation, desecrating the only Jewish Cemetery in town and defacing the middle school, spreading messages of hate throughout the town.
These events inspired me to pack my things and move to Europe in order to document this historic journey. For nearly 2 years, I lived in Europe and travelled all over Germany in order to document these historical events.
Two years later I am seeking to raise the remaining funding in order to tell this touching story of perseverance, triumph, and community. It was the town of Wetter whom inspired me the most, taking a stand again the descecrations and the defacement of their middle school. Or what we say here in The United States, "Not in My Backyard," signifying that the citizens will take a stand against what is wrong and do what is right!
What We Need & What You Get
Any donation above $2,500 you will be named as a Producer on the documentary film and you will receive an invite to all the screenings and events both in The USA and Germany including R/T airfare to Wetter, Germany for the European Premiere.
If you donate $1,000 you will be named as a Co-Producer on the documentary and get an invite to all screenings and events as the film travels the world.
With a $500 donation you will be named as an Associate Producer on the documentary. You will also be invited to all domestic screenings and events.
At the $100 level, you will receive a special thanks and an invitation to the Screening Premiere in Bridgeport plus a ticket to the event afterward.
Donations from $25-$50 will receive a special thanks in the film credits.
Help in any way you can by contributing to this cause. Every dollar donated is worthy of it's cause, being a tax-deductible donation since this production is partnered with a 501c3 organization.
The remainder of the funding is needed for the post-production in order to edit the documentary feature film and further prepare it for a 2013 screening both in Wetter, Germany and in Bridgeport, CT where the protaganist resides.
All funds raised are tax-deductible and will be used for the post-production marketing, advertising, and distribution of the documentary film. If the goal isn't met, then funds will strictly be used for the post-production of the film.
Robbery of the Heart attempts to bridge the gap between the generations in Germany. The past has caught up to the present in Germany. The youth are being pursuaded by the next generation to join their fascist ideals and their right-winged political party; spreading messages of hate and extreme nationalism.
This documentary film is more than a visual representation of the internal issues plaguing the youth in Germany, it's an intervention. Awareness and Action is the message that this film spreads. During times of economic crisis, someone is deemed responsibile. This is what has been happening over the years in Germany as the recession has hit hard.
Your contribution will spread the message of "Unity" across religions, provincial boundaries, and races. This universal message will touch souls everywhere it is screened.
The Educational model of distribution this documentary models is a way to reach the youth not only in Germany, but in North America as well, where thousands of Holocaust Survivors still live today. It is here where tolerance can be taught by bridging the generational gap between the old and the new so that crimes against humanity are not to be repeated.
Similar films in this Genre like "Paper Clips" and "Children of Chabbanes," took a simple concept from the past and adapted it to the present day, raising more awareness about how the past can influence the youth of today.
Other Ways You Can Help
Spread the word about the project. Post links on your facebook, twitter, google+
Even a physical posting of the project at your local community center, local paper, school, ect. will help spread the word. Send a link of the trailer and this page to friends and family to help spread the word of hope and perseverance.