REVENGE: Our Dad the Nazi Killer


Q&A with Brandeis University Professor Laura Jockusch, author of Jewish Honor Courts: Revenge, Retribution and Reconciliation in Europe and Israel after the Holocaust

In this murder mystery documentary, three brothers in sunny Melbourne Australia engage the help of a decorated private detective and investigate a rumored family secret. Was their father Boris, a suburban watchmaker and family man, Holocaust survivor and Jewish WWII partisan leader, actually involved in revenge killings of Nazis in 1950s Australia.

After WWII, the largest number of Holocaust survivors who did not go to Israel, started life anew in Australia. So too did nearly 4,000 Nazis. Featuring never-before-seen archives, police reports, government files, and home movies, this newest documentary from award-winning director Danny Ben-Moshe opens up a secret history of Nazi fugitives, Cold War spies, covert Jewish vigilante intelligence networks, and high-level government conspiracies. What the brothers also encounter is the timeless question of whether we ever really know our parents. And the profound question of when – if ever – is it justified to take the law into your own hands.

“A compulsive thriller, a documentary that contemplates the morality of revenge.”Sydney Arts Guide

“Elegiac and undeniably moving. Revenge is sure to linger phantom-like in the minds of its audience.”Filmink Australia

“Fascinating documentary… It’s a wild historical education.”The Guardian

Director: Danny Ben-Moshe | Australia | 2023 | 101 min | English

Watch The Trailer

Sunday, May 19, 2:30 pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre