The House on August street

( Israel / 2007 )
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The House On August Street" is the untold story of the filmmaker's legendary aunt Beate Berger, and the Children's home she founded in 1922 in Berlin for Jewish children in need.
It is the story of her courageous decision at the early 30's to save "her" children from Nazi Germany, and the unique rescue operation she initiated and carried out, taking them out of Germany and bringing them to a new “Ahawah” home she built in Israel. It's a film about memory, hope and about a woman who understood reality around her like very few did at the time.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 63 min.
Theme: Children, European History, History, Holocaust, Immigration and Migration, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Jewish Studies, Personal Story see all »
Language(s): German, Hebrew
Subtitles: English
Director(s): Ayelet Bargur
Producer(s): Ednar Kowarsk, Elinor Kowarsky
Cinematographer: Shai Levy, Dudu see all »
Editor(s): Einat Glaser - see all »


  • It is a fantastic story with a very good archive material, wonderful dramatized parts and current filming of some of the children who were saved by the Heroine Beate Berger.
    It all creates a mix of emotions, compassion and humor in a documentary.
    PRIX CIRCOM 2008 Jury report
  • This valuable historical document tells with great expertise and effectiveness the moving story of the children of Beith Ahawah in Berlin and the way they were brought to Israel. The director has made excellent use of varied cinematic tools to create a work which is important, artistically satisfying and engrossing.
    Haifa international film festival 2007, jury's statement
  • Immeasurable love and emotion, without a drop of sentimentality nor nostalgic schmaltz. A meticulously forged work of cinema, both modest and humble, moving and inspiring.
    Yehuda Stav, Yediot Aharonot, Israel
  • A stirring, unique compilation of human portraits that portrays the painful past, in the present.
    Noam Buxbaum, Ha'aretz Online, Israel
  • Exceptionally moving
    Yael Shuv, Time Out, Israel
  • Breathtaking moments for actor Naomi Krauss as Beate Berger. With chilling clarity and without the slightest hint of misrepresentation, she shares with the viewer the process whereby she realized that Germany is no longer a place for Jewish children.
    Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
  • A most impressive way to exhibit the prevailing ambiance in Germany at the rise of the Nazis… Extremely convincing dramatic moments are created through the imaginary dialogue between the director and her great aunt.
    Berliner Zeitung

Academic Notes

awards & accolades

  • Haifa International Film Festival - • Second Prize for Best Documentary
  • "CIRCOM REGIONAL", European Association of Regional Television - The Grand Prix Award for Best Documentary
  • Israeli Film Academy Awards - Nominee- Best Documentary Film

Festival participation

  • Haifa International Film Festival 2007
  • The Boston Jewish Film Festival 2007
  • Doc Leipzig- International Leipzig Festival for Documentary & Animated Film 2007
  • "Saviors on the Screen" - JCC Manhattan FF 2007
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2008
  • Berlin Jewish Film Festival 2008
  • 5th International Film Festival Jewish Motifs 2008
  • LA Jewish Film Festival 2008
  • "CIRCOM REGIONAL", European Association of Regional Television 2008
  • San Joaquin Film Festival 2008
  • Israeli Film Academy Awards 2008
  • Ischia Film Festival 2008
  • Gandhi Panorama (International Festival of Films on Gandhiji and his principles) 2008
  • CAMERA OBSCURA Les Affaires Internationales 2008
  • RKF Film Festival; Rome-Milan-Trieste 2008
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival 2008
  • Isratim - Israeli Film Festival 2008
  • Tucson Jewish Film Festival 2009
  • Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival 2009
  • Jewish Museum of New York 2009
  • Flying Broom International Women's FF 2009
  • FICJA, 7th International Jewish Film Festival - Argentina 2009

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Production Company: Eden Productions
Distribution Company: Cinephil

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