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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Watermarks for showing what it was
like to be Jewish in Germany just before WWII and how
the prejudice continues there even to this day.

Watermarks
The Jewish Swimming Champions Who Defied Hitler

Watermarks (2004) - 77 minutes
Watermarks at Amazon.com

The Jewish swimming champions who defied Hitler

"Yaron Zilberman's wonderful, heartwarming Watermarks" (Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times) narrates the story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Vienna sports club Hakoah. Founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade most Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes, Hakoah rapidly grew into one of Europe's biggest athletic organizations - and its women's swim team virtually dominated national competitions in the 1930's.

An uplifting tale of survival and friendship, Watermarks focuses on the stories of the club's surviving members, while also faithfully recounting a historical period where prejudice and violence forced these brave women into exile. Now, sixty-five years after their escape, seven of Hakoah's female swim team athletes leave their respective homes across the globe and re-unite for the first time at their old Vienna swimming pool. The result is so incredibly touching that Boston Globe critic Wesley Morris wrote, "The images of them swimming together after all those years are beautiful and a little holy: they look like angels in the water."

Alternating between painstakingly researched historical footage and contemporary interviews with the women swimmers, Yaron Zilberman daringly re-connects the lives and memories of those who challenged the status quo and, for the occasion of his movie, bravely share their complex legacy of tolerance and integrity with future generations. "As these women tell their stories in a tone of wonderment," says New York Times film critic Stephen Holden. "Watermarks becomes more than a pointed footnote to the Holocaust. It emerges as a surprisingly encouraging reflection on the distance between youth and advanced age."

(Comment by Webmaster: Amazingly you'll get to see people that still are prejudiced against Jews. People that think that Jews don't belong in Europe even today, even after the horrific events of WWII.)

8-4-17 The Jewish athlete who was barred by the Nazis
The Jewish athlete who was barred by the Nazis
Margaret Bergmann should have gone down in history as Ger­many’s greatest high jumper. At Olym­pic trials in June 1936, she made a leap of 5 feet 3 inches—­beating her rivals and tying a Ger­man record. Any other athlete would have been rewarded with a spot on the national team, which would compete in that summer’s Ber­lin Games. But Bergmann was Jewish and considered unworthy by the Nazi regime. Soon after her win, she was barred from the Games and her jump was scrubbed from the record books. “I wanted to show the world what a Jew could do,” she said. “But I knew very well the Nazis would never let me compete.”

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Watermarks
The Jewish Swimming Champions Who Defied Hitler

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Watermarks for showing what it was
like to be Jewish in Germany just before WWII and how
the prejudice continues there even to this day.