In this thought-provoking and moving film by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King, we follow historian Sir Martin Gilbert and anti-genocide activist Stephanie Nyombayire, as they give a voice to the 13 international diplomats who saved thousands of Jews during the Second World War. These “rescuers” included Princess Alice in Greece, Selahattin Ulkumen, a Muslim diplomat in Turkey and Raoul Wallberg of Sweden.
Gilbert, who has written over 80 books, travels by rail throughout Europe for 35 days with Nyombayire to speak with descendants of some of the diplomats and survivors. The pair are united by personal grief: Gilbert breaks down as he reflects on the deaths of his own relations during the Holocaust. Nyombayire lost 100 relatives during the Rwanda atrocities of the 1990s.
In this heartfelt film, which includes footage from World War Two and dramatic reenactments, Gilbert examines the “mystery of goodness” that motivated diplomats to help others. Sharon Garfinkel