Director: Sigual Biyman, USA, 2017, English, French, Polish, German, Hebrew w. subtitles. 78 min.
Artist and comedian Eddie Vitch (born Ignace Levkovitch) was a charismatic Jewish entertainer from Poland who found fame twice over: first in 1930s Hollywood with his iconic pen-and-ink caricatures of silver screen legends, and later performing brilliant pantomimes in Paris revues alongside Josephine Baker and Maurice Chevalier. But his life took a dark and morally complex turn during World War II. While his fellow Jews were deported and murdered, Vitch managed to continue performing on stages throughout Nazi-occupied Europe, entertaining German troops at the behest of Josef Goebbels’ Ministry of Propaganda. This fascinating documentary follows the efforts of Vitch’s daughters and extended family to unravel the mystery of his life and come to grips with his choices. Was he hiding in plain sight or did the Nazis protect him?
Topics: WWII, Entertainment, Family, Nazi France