Austria, 1924, 100 minutes, b&w
Silent with new English intertitles
Directed by Sidney M. Goldin

with complete new intertitles by
The National Center for Jewish Film

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Public Exhibition Formats: 16mm, Beta

"Yizkor presents Jewish life evolving in dialectical relation to the Gentile world--a point of particular relevance for a city as simultaneously charged by political antisemitism and Jewish cultural achievement as postwar Vienna,"

-J. Hoberman, Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds


Yizkor dramatizes its theme of fidelity to one's self, one's community and one's religion through a plot that revolves around hostage-taking, heroism and resistance. In a small Volhynian village, the local Count's daughter falls in love with Leybke, a handsome Jewish guardsman, but all her attempts to win him fail as he is in love with and betrothed to Kreyndl. The Countess desperately tries to seduce Leybke, and avenges her failure by falsely accusing him of attacking her. Arrested on the eve of his wedding, Leybke escapes and marries Kreyndl, but after they flee the entire Jewish community is held hostage. Leybke gives himself up, is buried alive and the Countess commits suicide.

Selected Screenings

University of Michigan, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies (2015)
Vienna Jewish Film Festival, Vienna Film Archive (2008)

NCJF Film Restoration

Restoration was completed with funding from The Pinewod Foundation, The National Foundation for Jewish Culture and from The Nathan Cummings Foundation with additional support from Brandeis University, American Film Institute, National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Shelley Fineberg and from Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek.

The original materials used in this restoration came from a 35mm nitrate print of a 1930's Yiddish sound remake re-titled The Prince and the Pauper and a 35mm fine grain print from Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin, Germany.


Director Sidney M. Goldin
Producers Sidney M. Goldin & Ivan Abramson
Screenplay Harry Sekler based on his play

Executive Director Sharon Pucker Rivo
Associate Director Miriam Saul Krant
Research Consultant Sylvia Fuks Fried
Technical Directors Robert Borowski, Richard Pontius
Translation Peter A. Stark
Title Production Loren S. Miller
Title Animation Frame Shop
Laboratory John E. Allen, Inc.

Maurice Schwartz (Leybke)
Karl Gotz
(Stefan, Captain of the Guard)
Oskar Beregi
(Count Zsaky)
Dagny Servals
(Helena, his daughter)
Berta Gersten
(Jadviga, her chambermaid)
Anna Appel
(Zsusi, Leybke's foster mother)
Isidor Casher
Wolf Silberberg
Jacob Mestel
(Second Rabbi)
Josef Scwarzberg
Fritz Strassny
Betty Reve
Bine Abramowitz
Wolf Goldfaden
(Zimel the Innkeeper)
Mark Schweid (Hunchback)
Moshe Strassberg

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Also directed by Sidney M. Goldin

A Cantor on Trial

The Cantor's Son (Uncredited)

East and West

His Wife's Lover

Uncle Moses

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