Embracing Story

There is fear on both sides: Jewish Americans are often afraid to come to Germany, and Germans are often afraid to meet Jewish people.

This film tells the story of 24 courageous Germans and Jews who came together for ten days in Steyerberg, Germany 2003 for Jewish-German Compassionate Listening. Through interviews and images, it illustrates the process of Compassionate Listening as a method for reconciliation and healing. Going beyond the guilt and blame that tend to lock people into categories of perpetrator and victim, the participants talk about the human pain on both sides.

The film takes the viewer inside the project, including the participants arrival and initial encounters, and their growing connections via shared exercises, rituals, a trip to Berlin, visits to memorials and Bergen Belsen concentration camp, and listening sessions with witnesses from World War II.

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