Ivette Löcker & Christian Frosch
Editing: Colleen Scheepers
Klaus Pamminger
Ester Noter

Germany 2013, 19 mins., HD, 16:9, color + b/w, stereo English with German subtitles

Funding: DEFA-Stiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung, GHW-Stiftung

Sonja Wolf is ten years old, when she emigrates with her parents – renowned Jewish doctors and fervent communists – from Berlin to Moscow in 1934. The family's sole survivor of the Stalinist repressions of the 30s, she is deported to Kazakhstan in 1941 because of her German nationality.

Sonja's daughter Ester Noter, born in exile in Kazakhstan in 1944, talks about the life and survival of her mother. She describes how Sonja was recruited by the NKVD, the Soviet secret service, as a teenager, and only managed to free herself from its clutches by fleeing to Israel in 1958. As Ester recounts the burdens that haunted her mother until her death by suicide in 1986, her own suffering as a survivor’s daughter filters through.

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