The Man who loved Haugesund

As the only Jew in Haugesund during the period between the world wars, the Polish-born tailor Moritz Rabinowitz, in the course of a few years, built up Norway’s largest garment factory. His elegant clothes brought a breath from the great outside world to the small fishing town where everyone soon owned a clothes hanger with his firm’s trademark. In private life, he continued to be excluded from the company of the better bourgoisie until he was arrested by the Gestapo in 1941. Through archive material and witnesses’ testimony, a portrait is drawn of a local matador’s tragic fate, while the speculations about Rabinowitz’ death reflect his surroundings’ ambivilant feelings regarding the Jewish question.

Original title:
Mannen som elsket Haugesund
60 minutes

Shown at

  1. Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - 2011

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