Nothing To Be Written Here

Wendy Oberlander

1996, 47:00 minutes, colour, English


"Nothing To Be Written Here excavates one silent chapter from Canadian history, and records yet another unknown moment in the Jewish diaspora of the twentieth century."
Mixing personal narrative and historical documentary, Nothing To Be Written Here traces Wendy Oberlander's discovery of her father's wartime experiences. Exiled from Austria in 1938, interned in Britain and transferred to Canada in 1940, he was one of 2,200 Jewish refugees held behind barbed wired alongside Nazi POWs.
Examining the construction of memory and history, Jew and nation, an elegant layering of film and video images reveals an essay that builds on the complex and silent inheritance unraveling in Oberlander's hands.

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Critical Writing

Gifts and Cruelties of Displacement: Nothing to be written here
by Nancy Pollak. Fuse, Winter 1997, v. 20, no. 1.