PARIS SCREENING OF VITCH
Wednesday 22nd April 2010
Museum of Jewish Art and History Paris
Hôtel de Saint-Aignan
71, rue du Temple
Eddie Vitch (née Ignace Levkovitch) was a talented caricature and mime artist. His iconic drawings of the silver screen’s biggest stars covered the walls of the Brown Derby in Los Angeles – a famous backdrop to Hollywood and the stuff of celebrity lore. In the 1930’s, he was deported back to Europe where his mime act became a huge success. When Germany invaded France in 1940, Nazi officers saw him on stage and sent him to perform in Germany. Throughout the World War II, he performed in front of the Nazi elite and the Gestapo in Germany’s most prestigious theatres. His documents identified him as “Levkovitch,” a recognisably Jewish name. He was hiding in plain sight, or maybe the Nazis were protecting him? This film reveals his mysterious life and the controversial choices he made to survive the Holocaust.