(JNS.org) The Hungarian Holocaust film "Son of Saul" won the Golden Globe for best foreign film on Sunday. The movie tells the story of Saul Auslander, a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau who was a member of the Sonderkommando, the unit of Jews who were forced to clear out corpses from gas chambers and move them to the crematoriums.
Saul finds a body of a young boy whom he believes to be his dead son, and tries to save the corpse from burning in order to give his son a proper Jewish funeral, while the members of the Sonderkommando plan a rebellion. The actor who portrays Saul is Hungarian Jew Geza Rohrig, who also founded an underground punk band when Hungary was under Communist rule. He currently lives in New York, where he has studied at a Hassidic yeshiva. The film was funded in part by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
“Son of Saul” won over films from France, Chile, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Germany, and Estonia.