Toman

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Toman

Academy Award–nominated director Ondrej Trojan (Zelary) takes on the extraordinary real-life story of Zdenek Toman, a classic antihero. In the years following the end of WWII, the Jewish Toman ran Czechoslovakia’s state security office, aided the Communist party in seizing power, and became a high-ranking official. In spite of all that, he also helped transport Eastern European Jews to safety in the postwar years. Jailed and condemned to death in 1949 by the Czech government, he managed to escape and take refuge in Venezuela. Decades later, Toman received recognition for his activities in the US and Israel, and was officially rehabilitated after 1989. Czech star Jiri Machacek brings this unlikely hero to life in this fascinating historical drama.

This film is part of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2019 series.



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