2 or 3 Things I Know About Him


2 or 3 Things I Know About Him

Infobox_Film
name = 2 or 3 Things I Know About Him
(2 oder 3 Dinge, die ich von ihm weiß)


imdb_id = 0466634
producer = Iva Svarcova
director = Malte Ludin
writer = Malte Ludin
starring = Hanns Ludin
music = Werner Pirchner
Hakim Ludin
Jaroslav Nahovica
costumes =
makeup =
cinematography =
editing = Malte Ludin
Iva Svarcova
distributor =
released = 2007 (U.S.)
2005 (Europe)
runtime = 85 min.
language = German & Slovak
(English subtitles)

"2 or 3 Things I Know About Him" ("2 oder 3 Dinge, die ich von ihm weiß") is a documentary film in which German director Malte Ludin examines the impact of Nazism in his family.

Malte's father, Hanns Ludin, was the Third Reich's ambassador to Slovakia. As such, he signed deportation orders that sent thousands of Jews to Auschwitz. Hanns Ludin was executed for war crimes in 1947.

Malte Ludin did not undertake this film until after the death of his mother, Erla. The documentary does include clips of earlier interviews he conducted with Erla, however. Malte also interviews his sisters, who recall Hanns Ludin with some fondness.

Malte's sister Barbel is shown defending her father and insisting that he couldn't have known the full truth about Auschwitz, that he tried to resist or subvert the Nazi's most inhumane policies, and that the victims of Auschwitz should be thought of as casualties of war.

Malte also includes damning testimony from a member of the Jewish family in Slovakia whose house was expropriated by the Ludins in the early 1940s.

"2 oder 3 Dinge, die ich von ihm weiß" was first shown in 2005. In 2007, it was released as "2 or 3 Things I Know About Him" in Manhattan by the National Center for Jewish Film. It opened at Film Forum on January 24, 2007, and was paired with an English-language short by Benjamin Ross, "Torte Bluma".

References

* [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/24/movies/24thin.html Scott, A.O. (2007, January 24). "Our Father, the Nazi Zealot: A Family Grapples With Its Burdens and Blind Spots". The New York Times, p. B5]


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