Harry Raymon wrote the original screenplay for this feature based on his own experiences as a young German-Jewish boy growing up amidst the rise of the Third Reich. In response to mounting antisemitism and persecution, the eight year old protagonist and his family move from their small town to Cologne, preparing to emigrate to America. While learning English and awaiting their visas, the family faces increasing social ostracism and restrictive government policies. Told from the young boy's point of view, the story shows the painful, frightening plight of Jews trapped in the Nazi regime and the difficulties they faced in attempting to escape.
aka If Only the Rain
West Germany, 1981, 90 minutes, B&W
German with English subtitles
Directed by Michael Hoffman and Harry Raymon
Public Exhibition 16mm available