The administrator of the mass deportation of Jews to Nazi camps, Adolf Eichmann, was hanged in Israel’s first and only execution. Shalom Nagar, a religious Jewish ritual slaughterer and street philosopher who believes in charity, was the hangman.
This documentary looks through the eyes of ‘the other’ – the marginalised Sephardi prison warden who was forced to do the dirty work of killing the arch-enemy. With it, he took on a national burden that dramatically shaped his country and his life.
Shalom’s voice, yet unheard, coming from the edge of Israel’s historical events, reveals a man laden with personal tragedies but one who maintains his faith and humour. From his lonely position, he imparts a deeply human and telling message.
“My commander came to me... and asked me, ‘Shalom, are you willing to press the button?’... I said I didn’t want to.” Shalom Nagar
“It is hard not to think of Shalom Nagar as the Forrest Gump of Israel... a small, riveting film.” The Jewish Daily Forward
60 mins / Hebrew with english subtitles
Director — Netalie Braun
Awards — Best Documentary Haifa Film Festival 2011