Once They Were Neighbours
The Hungarian director Zsuzsanna Varga’s camera dwells on the idyllic motifs in a little town in Hungary. The pictures form a strong contrast to words from the past: ghetto, stone quarry, train station, mass graves. Words that some Hungarian Jews’ neighbours remember when they reflect, 60 years after World War II, on the past and their own role as passive spectators to what happened then. What did they do and what could they have done? What did those who were present see, and what do they believe they saw, in that little town during the last days of the war?