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Syndrome K

Syndrome K

In the middle of WWII, during the Nazi occupation of Rome, three courageous Italian doctors saved the lives of many Jews by convincing the Nazis that certain Jewish patients in their hospital — located a stone's throw from the Vatican — were infected with a deadly disease they called Syndrome K. But Syndrome K never existed; it was completely fictitious — making it, ironically, the one disease in human history that actually saved lives.

This poignant documentary features interviews with survivors and descendants of survivors, including the 98-year-old Adriano Ossicini, the last surviving doctor, and Pietro Borromeo, son of the head doctor at the hospital. Deftly weaving expressionistic reenactments, rare interviews, and archival footage, Syndrome K presents a powerful depiction of courage in the face of Nazi horror.

  • Special Events
    1. Introduction
  • Country

    United States

  • Runtime

    76 Mins

  • Director

    Stephen Edwards

  • Language

    English, Italian (English subtitles)

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