The City Without Jews


Film Info
Director(s):Hans Karl Breslauer
Language:Silent with English intertitles
Running Time:91 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Sponsored By:Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies


With live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.


Jeff Rapsis is a composer and performer of live musical scores for silent film screenings.


Assumed to be lost for decades, this 1924 film was rediscovered in a Paris flea market in 2015. Eerily prescient about the Holocaust, the film was adapted from a satirical novel and begins with the election of an anti-Semitic chancellor who exiles all his city’s Jews. While the chancellor’s daughter is devastated to see her Jewish boyfriend go, most of the city enthusiastically supports the new law. But, with the Jews gone, the city’s economy declines, inflation becomes rampant, and cultural life disappears. The government must decide—save the city or stand by its anti-Semitic legislation?


Introduced by Dr. Marty Norman, The Sounds of Silents 


Followed by a skype conversation with Dr. Lisa Silverman


Join us for a Passholder Party at Osaka Restaurant following the screening


Sponsored by the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies 


Co-presented by Jewish Arts Collaborative and The Sounds of Silents at the Coolidge Corner Theatre