Ha-Makah Hashmonim V’Echad (1974) AKA The 81st Blow


An historical document made up of footage and stills shot by the Nazis. A compilation of testimony from witnesses who appeared at the Eichmann trial provides a telling narrative. The film’s title refers to the story of a Jewish boy in one of the ghettos, who was struck with 80 blows. He survived and immigrated to Israel, where he found that no one believed his story – which for him was the 81st blow!

Director: David Bergman, Jacques Ehrlich & Haim Gouri. AKA The 81st Blow

1975 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, Features.
1975 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo.


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