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Long Shadows: Stories From a Jewish Home

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The largest population of Holocaust survivors, per capita, outside Israel lives in Melbourne, Australia. This film examines the impact of institutionalizing the care of aging survivors of the Holocaust. These survivors are facing death and isolation for the second time, as they make the traumatic transition to an old-age facility. Dementia, memory loss and physical immobility contribute to a splintering of identity. Removed from their families, homes, familiar routines and the outside community, past horrors come flooding back. Long Shadows examines the impact of institutionalization on three survivors and their spouses in Melbourne s largest Jewish old age facility. One of the residents guides us through this teeming "tower of Babel" that houses up to six hundred residents formerly [...]
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2003