There Was Once...
There Was Once... (2011)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 23, 2011
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David DeWitt
New York Times

"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.

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Nora Lee Mandel

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.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

A vitally personal version of a story often told in anonymous terms.

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