LOVE & DARKNESS is a multi-generational saga tracking the triumphs and tragedies of a large, powerful Hungarian Jewish family during WWII. Based on an incredible true story, this project will be adapted as an action-packed historical podcast. LOVE & DARKNESS explores themes of discrimination, anti-Semitism and hope that remain relevant in today’s world. With these timely issues in mind, we will be partnering with a to-be-announced philanthropic organization that we will be supporting through this podcast.Summary:Avrum Katz (47) is a Rabbi and the patriarch of a large family in 1941 Hungary. Hungary is an ally of Nazi Germany and has been implementing increasingly strict anti-Jewish laws.
Avrum’s family owns a farm and butcher shop in a small town. His son, Dov (22), brings a Christian woman, Inga (22), to the bris of Avrum’s first grandchild. Captain Tibor (30s), a Christian army captain, sees Inga at the celebration. He becomes enraged when he learns that Inga loves Dov and not him.
In retaliation, Tibor has the Katz’s butchershop shut down, cutting off the family’s livelihood. Dov is infuriated and beats up Captain Tibor. Avrum and his son Isaac (24) travel to Budapest to meet with Moshe (70), Avrum’s estranged father and a powerful businessman, to ask if he can get the shop’s license reinstated. While there, Avrum and Moshe are unjustly arrested by the police for “inciting rebellion.” It’s clear that Captain Tibor is responsible.
As payback, Dov, Isaac, their brother Wolf (23), and Uncle Yehuda (43) murder Gyorgy (40s), an anti-Semitic neighbor who reported the Katz family to Captain Tibor. Captain Tibor slays the family’s cattle as revenge. It's then shockingly revealed that Captain Tibor is secretly Jewish.
In the final scenes, Avrum and Moshe are at the forefront of the Hungarian and Nazi’s battle against Russia. They have been forced into the Hungarian army’s Forced Labor Battalion. Moshe offers to walk in front of Avrum so Avrum can say a prayer before the men are forced to cross a minefield. Moshe is then killed by an exploding mine in front of his son. When it’s Avrum’s turn, he miraculously makes it to the other side and becomes determined to escape.
Presented by Nomono and recorded exclusively with Nomono Sound Capsules.The Table Read Podcast is partnering with HIAS, a Jewish-American nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees, for this series.
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