“Walking with the Enemy“ is inspired by a true story. This film is an unforgettable film of love, courage, and sacrifice. Set in Hungary during the final months of World War II, a young man sets out to find his displaced family by stealing a Nazi uniform to pose as an officer. Filled with suspense and danger, he undertakes extraordinary measures to reroute his family and other Jews to safety by disrupting the activities of the German occupiers.
This movie may not have received the great accolades of an excellent movie, but it does tell the story very clearly and accurately of the time from 1939 – 1945 in Hungary and the fate of the Hungarian Jews. I think it is very valuable to the students and adults of the Boulder Jewish community and in particular, because it is Holocaust Remembrance week.
My own family lived through these times, Irene Rosenshein’s family was taken to Auschwitz during that period, my own cousin stole a Nazi uniform and brought food into the ghetto and caused plenty of mischief to the Nazis.
Knowing history also provides a perspective to what is going on in Hungary today. There is a growing air of anti-Semitism again rising in Hungary; fed by government policies. My parents with two little girls in tow thankfully fled in 1940 the country they loved and supported when the anti-Semitic sentiment grew like a groundswell and swallowed my mother’s whole family, along with 500,000 Hungarians in a matter of months.
This film is currently playing in Boulder at the Century 16 theater at 29th Street, and at the Westminster 24. See it while it’s still in town!
Related: Hungary’s “March of Life” Draws Record Crowd (Times of Israel)