Kapo in Jerusalem
In 1946, a pair of Auschwitz survivors — physician Bruno and pianist Sarah — arrives in Jerusalem, a city under siege as Zionists begin the war for Israel’s independence. As the couple attempts to rehabilitate their lives, a rumor spreads that Bruno was a sadistic kapo — a privileged supervisor of camp labor — and he’s accused of not only abusing prisoners but even killing a few. Bruno struggles to save his reputation, to articulate and defend his moral position. Sarah tries mightily to support him, but doubt begins to nibble away at her resolve. In a series of monologues, survivors and Sarah provide differing views on Bruno, with the physician offering his response in turn. A complex portrait of Bruno emerges from the often conflicting testimony, and “Kapo in Jerusalem” resists the simplistic impulse to either exonerate or condemn him for his actions.