Two Lives of Eva


Esther Hoffenberg

Eva, my mother, a Polish woman of German-Protestant culture, was brought up in the high industrialist bourgeoisie of Sosnowiec. She left Poland when the Soviets arrived in 1945. It was in post-war Germany that she met Sam, a survivor from the Warsaw ghetto. She left with him for Paris. In marrying Sam, Eva also married his story and identity and said good-bye to her own. As a couple, my parents grew increasingly happy until 1970, when Eva had her first fit of delirium. In 1978, she lived through a second attack and began to tell me about the young girl she was before she met my father. She revealed her tortured conscience regarding her German identity during the war.

Original title: LES DEUX VIES D'EVA

Production: Lapsus

Nationality: French

Year of production: 2005

Running time: 85'


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