In the aftermath of the Holocaust, secret meetings took place to negotiate the incomprehensible: compensation for the largest mass genocide in history. Survivors were in urgent need, but how could reparations be determined for the unprecedented destruction and suffering of an entire people? NOTE: Screens Virtually Only: Streaming window is 48 hrs after hit "play" and expires Sun. March 26 at 11:59pm.
They met in secret to negotiate the unthinkable—compensation for the survivors of the largest mass genocide in history. Holocaust survivors urgently needed help, but how could reparations be determined for the unprecedented destruction of a people and atrocities suffered by millions? RECKONINGS is the first documentary to chronicle the harrowing process of negotiating German reparations to the Jewish people and the fascinating, true story of the groundbreaking Luxembourg Agreements of 1952. It takes viewers from the halls of power in Bonn, West Germany, where fierce debate raged over how to pay wartime debts, to the streets of Jerusalem, where mere talks with Germany led to horrified responses and violent protests. Yet, under constant threat, Jewish and German leaders forged ahead and risked their lives to negotiate the impossible, knowing that the size of the settlement would never be more than a step towards healing.
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