Stalags- Holocaust and Pornography

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Stalags- Holocaust and Pornography

The improbable but true story of a wildly popular series of racy paperbacks called ‘Stalags’ that became national bestsellers and took conservative Israel by storm in the early 1960s. Their perverse and bizarre narratives, based on Nazi themes, were the only erotic ‘literature’ available in the country at that time. Disguised as American publications, it was later discovered that these tales of female SS officers with boots and whips were in fact penned and published by Israeli Jews. The Stalag phenomenon immediately followed the notorious Adolph Eichmann trial, which was credited as a factor behind the genre’s brutal and sadistic tone. At a time when Holocaust scholarship was in its infancy, for many young Israelis these pornographic fictions were their first exposure to the brutal realities of the Second World War.

Festivals and Awards:

Unconventional Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2011; San Francisco Jewish film festival, USA, 2008; First Camera Award at the RIDM Film Festival, Canada, 2009; Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2008; Seattle International Film Festival, USA, 2008; Miami International Film Festival, USA, 2008; Bergen International Film Festival, Norway, 2008;
It's All True Documentary Film Festival, Brazil, 2008; Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, 2008; VIENNALE International Film Festival, Austria, 2008; Hot Docs International Film Festival, Canada, 2008; Cork International Film Festival, Ireland, 2008;  Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2007

Director: Ari Libsker

Producer: Barak Heymann

Production Company: Heymann Films

Cinematographer: Uri Levi , Dror Lebendiger

Editor: Morris Ben-Mayor

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Yes Docu

Distributor: Cinéphil Distribution & coproduction

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: סטאלגים - שואה ופורנוגרפיה בישראל

The improbable but true story of a wildly popular series of racy paperbacks called ‘Stalags’ that became national bestsellers and took conservative Israel by storm in the early 1960s. Their perverse and bizarre narratives, based on Nazi themes, were the only erotic ‘literature’ available in the country at that time. Disguised as American publications, it was later discovered that these tales of female SS officers with boots and whips were in fact penned and published by Israeli Jews. The Stalag phenomenon immediately followed the notorious Adolph Eichmann trial, which was credited as a factor behind the genre’s brutal and sadistic tone. At a time when Holocaust scholarship was in its infancy, for many young Israelis these pornographic fictions were their first exposure to the brutal realities of the Second World War.

Festivals and Awards:

Unconventional Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2011; San Francisco Jewish film festival, USA, 2008; First Camera Award at the RIDM Film Festival, Canada, 2009; Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2008; Seattle International Film Festival, USA, 2008; Miami International Film Festival, USA, 2008; Bergen International Film Festival, Norway, 2008;
It's All True Documentary Film Festival, Brazil, 2008; Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, 2008; VIENNALE International Film Festival, Austria, 2008; Hot Docs International Film Festival, Canada, 2008; Cork International Film Festival, Ireland, 2008;  Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2007

Director: Ari Libsker

Producer: Barak Heymann

Production Company: Heymann Films

Cinematographer: Uri Levi , Dror Lebendiger

Editor: Morris Ben-Mayor

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Yes Docu

Distributor: Cinéphil Distribution & coproduction

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: סטאלגים - שואה ופורנוגרפיה בישראל

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