Nearly two decades ago, 16-year-old Liron Unreich filmed his grandfather, poet and writer Isaac Ginzburg, as he opened up about the atrocities he experienced during the Holocaust. Just three years later, Isaac died of kidney failure, likely resulting from an intentional overdose. Liron sits down with his grandfather’s dearest friend, Herman Taube, the 92-year-old writer who has dedicated his life to chronicling survivors’ stories through his poetry, and shows him the old footage of Isaac.
“Thinking back it is hard to really reconstruct that moment,” says holocaust survivor Walter Schaffir of the day he and his brother Kurt are sent on a Kindertransport from Vienna to Holland by their mother in 1939. “I have never had any doubts that I would see her again, and we did.”
“Reconsolidation” begins with a clinical look into a neurological experiment as neuroscientist Dr. Daniela Schiller, labors to discover the key to rewriting fearful memories — reconsolidation. From Daniela’s research laboratory in New York she begins her personal search and returns to her native Israel to compel her elderly father to reveal his Holocaust remembrance for the first time. What follows is a haunting exploration into the nature of memory, its power, its vulnerability, its promise and its generational effect.
The film depicts the science of memory. It shows how research on the biology of memory reveals the dynamic nature and fragility of emotional memories.
“Reconsolidation” won the Authorea Scientist Award and People’s choice awards at the 9th Imagine Science Film Festival.