THE GIRL FROM SALONIKA is the story of Mazaltov ‘Fofo’ Behar, a 17 year old Greek girl deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and a victim of Nazi sterilization experiments at the hands of Nazi doctor Horst Schumann. We revisit her early years in Greece and the political and social climate before the German invasion and deportation of 90% of Greek Jews. The Girl From Salonika features never before seen footage shot inside Block 10 and Fofo’s testimony. As one of the few survivors of Block 10, Fofo reclaimed her maiden name, her voice and began working with doctors and university professors towards the end of her life. She raised awareness on the importance of medical ethics, and what happens when dangerous ideologies run rampant and what happens when doctors in particular lose their humanity. We look at the effects of international trauma via her son David and grandson Carlos, a psychologist who journeys to Auschwitz to learn more about his grandmother. Fofo made her Sephardi exodus back to Spain, married another Greek Holocaust survivor and lived a full and generous life. Her message resonates with young and old, and importantly conveys a message to all of our future medical professionals.
Alison Jayne Wilson is an Australian filmmaker based in Barcelona, Spain. She is a political science graduate and communications professional who crossed over to documentary after 15 years in the NFP sector. She has a special interest in human rights, women’s issues, migration and helping survivors tell their stories. Her last documentary EXIT shining a light on human trafficking premiered at The San Diego International Film Festival. Alison collaborates with many academics, individuals and institutions screening her films to a diverse audience.
“I was 8 or 9 when my mother told me a terrifying story, that was actually real. I had asked her why our neighbour Zelda was always so sad. She explained that Zelda had once been a mother and her children had been taken away from her, her twins, and used in Nazi experiments. To this day, I have never forgotten Zelda, or her eyes.” – Alison Jayne Wilson