Jewish cardinal film shines light on mixed religious ancestry

Cardinal Lustiger

More and more Catholic Poles are discovering that they are Jewish and that their parents kept their identity hidden from them. The subject features in a documentary screening in Melbourne next month.

- The Jewish News

The documentary Jew Positive introduces second-generation and third-generation Holocaust survivors who recently discovered the truth about their past and their families, and is part of the Holocaust Film Series which will be screened in Melbourne and Sydney.

The series opens with the acclaimed French film, The Jewish Cardinal, which tells the amazing yet true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish migrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age and later joining the priesthood.

Rising rapidly within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope John Paul II, and from there found a new platform from which to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew.

When Carmelite nuns decide to build a convent on the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp, Lustiger finds himself in the centre of a conflict between the Jewish and Catholic communities.

The 90-minute film opened the recent New York Jewish Film Festival.


Catholic Poles discover they were Jews (The Jewish News)

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