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Almost Lost: The Heinemann Legacy Before, During, and After the Holocaust


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Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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The film Almost Lost, The Heinemann Legacy: Before, During, and After the Holocaust  explores what was “almost lost” and how one family found restitution, healing, and reconciliation. In 2014, Museum Lüneburg in Germany was seeking descendants of Marcus Heinemann (1819-1908), a leading Jewish citizen. They wanted to return items looted by the Nazis. Marcus had 17 children. Two of the children and many of his grandchildren were murdered. The survivors escaped to England, France, Venezuela, Israel, Holland, Mexico, South Africa, and the US. In this film, 40 family members met in Lüneburg, many for the first time in 2015, for a ceremony to loan the items back to the museum. The film captures the mixture of feelings of the heirs and a powerful moment when the German hosts asked for forgiveness. 

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February 13, 2020
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Almost Lost: the Heinemann Legacy (Before, During, and After the Holocaust)
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1 Reviews
A wonderful film about an amazing family! Though there is no way to bring back the millions of Jews who were slaughtered during the Holocaust, the Luneberg museum's move toward reconciliation - and the Heinemann family's openness to the museum's gesture - are an important start toward some kind of healing.
August 26, 2018