Liga Terezin

Poster for Liga Terezin A documentary film that tells the incredible story of the soccer league which took place in Ghetto Theresienstadt, 40 miles North West of Prague (now in the Czech Republic). 1942 to 1944, Jewish prisoners played hundreds of soccer matches on improvised fields set up in the court-yards of the Barracks where they lived. Thousands of spectators watched a mixture of professional and amateur players and briefly escaped the reality of their terrible plight: the hunger, the sickness and death. All the while they lived in a shroud of fear casted by the terror of the transports that sent people to the "East" and their certain death. In the summer of 1944, the Nazis made a propaganda film which highlighted the cultural activities in the ghetto. Oded Breda identified his uncle in the soccer sequence and this discovery set him on a quest to uncover information regarding the sport that took place in the ghetto. He interviewed a number of Holocaust survivors who played and watched football in the ghetto as well as a survivor who was on the film’s camera crew. He also watched games in Prague and Amsterdam where he saw the way modern day spectators expressing their anti-Semitic feelings. In Amsterdam he interviewed the Jewish Chairman of Ajax (one of the most famous teams in Europe) who has to contend with the fall out caused by the reaction to the Ajax fans who call themselves, “The Jews”.

90 minutes
Avi Kanner

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