There Was Once...
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There Was Once...
Mrs. Gyongyi Mago is a high school teacher in Kalocsa, Hungary. While looking for a subject for her dissertation she discovered a forgotten part of local history, the Jewish community that once thrived but is now non-existent in her city. She is not Jewish. Engaging her students in her research, she teaches tolerance and fights prejudice in her classroom. Her quest is set against a background of renewed racial tensions, growing intolerance and the recurrence of neo Nazism in Hungary today. -- (C) Official Site

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""There Was Once ...may feel like sober, do-gooder public television, but it has integrity, recording one specific town's slice of living history. Simple as that, it's a worthy document."
‑ David DeWitt, New York Times
"Starts out like a teacher's history lesson about a vanished past, but turns into a detective story as memories collide, link to witnesses, and a nightmare starts to repeat."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Much in this wholly absorbing and poignant documentary is familiar from numerous previous Holocaust accounts, but Mago and her quiet sense of moral obligation provides a fresh perspective."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A vitally personal version of a story often told in anonymous terms."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
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