Coming to DVD and Video on Demand on Holocaust Remembrance Day from director/writer David Fisher comes the journey that leads to SIX MILLION AND ONE.
This documentary tells the story of David’s Fisher’s father. Discovering his father’s memoirs David decides to take his siblings and retrace the man’s footsteps. The journey includes trips to Gusen and Gunskirchen in Austria.
Led by David who read his fathers memoirs and sees the man differently with such respect. Also include is sister Esti who has no problem expressing her feelings and the sadness in having parents she felt weren’t able to show her the affection she wanted so much.
There is brother Gideon who is kind of quiet and seems to take in everything around him both from his fathers’ words in the past to the look of the world now. Amnon is the youngest of the siblings.
Finally, there is brother Ronel who hates this whole thing trip, doesn’t like the lexicon of reasoning about what his father experienced and tries so hard to fight his feelings.
What comes of this trip is awareness, sadness and questions that only the siblings can possible answer not only about their father – but about one another!
FINAL WORD: This is an amazingly heartbreak and at the same time heart lifting documentary. It is not often that siblings will go together and try to find some peace for their father and for themselves.
David’s father speaks in his memoir of the cruelty of a midget in the camps who was seeking the gold from the teeth of the elderly by forcing one of those in the camp to be cruel to the other. This event brings the conversation among the siblings of the duality of being a Jew in the camps.
The writings include the Death March and how staying alive was in each step he took. It was when the Americans came that hope went from being a dream to reality. Then the stories of what the Americans saw come from the grandson of General Patton.
The tears from the soldiers who found those in the camps is heart wrenching to hear. This is not something a soldier expects to find is the sea of starving and hunger human beings. Even today these men are moved to tears remembering.
The scenery they walking through is amazingly beautiful and as they said, it is hard to see the evil that happened when surrounded by such beauty in the field of flowers and the quiet of the forest.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give SIX MILLION AND ONE four tubs of popcorn out of five. This truly is an amazing and humbling experience to be, in a way, allowed to view such a deep family experience.
“My siblings didn’t want to read my father’s memoir…it contained things that were locked away for so long. I also did not want to read it and yet felt compelled to do so. I learned of Gusen village, Gunskirchen forest, beatings hunger, cannibalism, homosexuality…it uncovered all my father’s demons. I made half the journey alone. I forced the second half of the journey on my siblings, who didn’t want to participate, even while they were crawling around tunnels and enchanted forests. This isn’t a film about the Holocaust, because we spent most of our time laughing and there is nothing funny about the Holocaust; it’s about a rare kind of intimacy and sibling bond that replaced pain with bittersweet humor”, says director David Fisher.
What occurs is four siblings perhaps for the first time in their lives, speak about their father, the family, and the affects of the events their father suffered. Watching the siblings try to come to terms with not wanting to read their father’s memoirs is difficult but then none of us have lived their life. The final scene between the siblings is striking and sweet.
In the end – he could have been six million and one.