‘WOMAN IN GOLD’
We all join Maria Altmann in her pain, on her shivering, almost unbearable journey down one of the darkest memory lanes not just of her youth, but in all of Modern history, echoing the memories we are ALL DESTINED TO CARRY ON IN OUR OWN DNA…
The emotions, ethos and events portrayed so accurately, so vividly – flashbacking beyond time right into our minds – it is heart-breaking, really…
To us all, descendants of the victims, it is a deep pain engraved deep within our hearts.
For all time.
And a longing to be reunited with the lost loved ones that may never come to pass, no matter the amount of rejubilating man-made justice (or the archives hosting countless paintings, letters, pictures or personal belongings and whatnot, constituting the bits and pieces of our families’ neshames, of our families’ souls… forever lost.. deserted, shattered), delivered against all odds.
There is no way to restore MILLIONS of lives – taken away to be never reborn in the generations to come and family stories to follow; they had no offspring to continue the line and tell their stories – and the WORLD cherished by us, but destroyed brutally by the Nazis, shall their names be eradicated from the face of the Earth.
But there is a CALL of DUTY FOR US ALL to Remember, to NEVER FOFGET.
And to LET THE WORLD KNOW and LEARN: ‘NEVER AGAIN!‘
‘KEEPING THE MEMORY ALIVE.’
MAKING IT PUBLIC.
A Calling that Mr. Shoenberg and Mrs. Altmann so courageously pursued.
In and out of Austria, in and out of the brutal past, ‘facing the ghosts…’ and the “incontestable” indifference of their present.
Giving voice to those whose names were shutted out in the tunnels of history…
NOT TO BE STOLEN OR LOST.
Such is the sad, painful truth… the movie proclaims (all so brilliantly!).
ITS CLOSING SCENE IN ITSELF A MASTERPIECE – the canvas and its beautiful sitter COMING ALIVE…
WITH A RENEWED DIGNITY, AND AN IDENTITY (BEAUTI)FULLY RESTORED.
Yet to the Jewish audiences around the globe, it is not a mere promise – or a case – of a possibility of a long-awaited justice, a Victory making history 68 years on, that sets a precedent; it is a mirror of our national tragedy and trauma, enhancing the pain that will live on in the generations to follow, resurfacing it… bringing it alive, the gaping wound – NO GENERATION GAP HERE – open SORE.
To be never healed.
For ‘JUSTICE IS PRICELESS.’
LIFE is ‘PRICELESS’ FOREVER MORE.