Enthusiastic Support for "Tangled Roots"
"I believe very strongly that this project will be informative
and educational and will touch on issues that have not previously
been explored in film. Both from your own personal perspective
and an intellectual one as well, you will have the opportunity
of bringing to the foreground how the Holocaust period affected
both the Germans as well as the German Jews whose lives were touched
by the events of this time."
-Phyllis Rosenhaft, Media Department/Moriah Films Production,
Simon Wiesenthal Center
"It is difficult to bridge the conflicting histories of being
both Jewish and German; however, in a post-Holocaust world, it
is necessary to struggle with these complexities, especially when
ethnicity and culture force one to confront this divide. The task
of exploring a heritage...pushes us to consider the legacy of
the Holocaust and the ability of Jews and Germans to come to terms
with that history and to help recognize each others humanity."
- Adrian Schrek, Director of Education, Holocaust Center of Northern
"The potential audience for this film is vast. To have people
discussing the strong emotions, relational implications, and the
prospects for the future will help to heal many wounds. The very
nature of the relationships depicted in the documentary will engage
both Jews and Christians, Germans and Jews. This is a truly important,
sensitive, and unique production."
-Douglas K. Huneke, Pastor/Author, Westminster Presbyterian Church
"The clash of wills and cultures in the blending of Jewish and
German families provide a wonderful refraction of important issues
of responsibility, guilt, denial, and a human side of the Holocaust
and its aftermath seldom explored. Where the written word will
not succeed, the lens will capture reactions and feelings that
will be enlightening and edifying. I believe that her work will
be much discussed and much appreciated."
- Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Director, Jewish Studies Program,
Sydney M Irmas Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics, Loyola Law School,
Yeshiva of Los Angeles
"Even with the full flowering of Holocaust documentaries in recent
years, "Tangled Roots" represents something new in the genre.
Ms. Emberlings project promises to be a uniquely fascinating
exploration of the German-Jewish encounter as it plays out in
one womans life. This story should be told."
--Andrew R. Heinze, Associate Professor, History, Director, Swig
Judaic Studies Program, University of San Francisco
"Ms. Emberling deals with an extremely difficult subject, German-Jewish
relations after the Holocaust, from a new and very personal perspective.
Being an American Jew of (partially) German origin, her film will
make a very important and unbiased contribution to the German-Jewish
dialogue of today."
--Dr. Michael Gruettner, DAAD Visiting Professor, Department of
History, University of California, Berkeley