Café Zelig
(German title: Das Zelig)

A documentary film by Tanja Cummings


Every week, survivors of the Shoah from different regions of Europe meet regularly in a Munich apartment - the Café Zelig. Many of them carry dramatic, traumatic stories of survival and the loss of relatives and friends. They are looked after sensitively and lovingly at Café Zelig. The film accompanies some of them back to their past, to their old homeland in Poland, from which they were uprooted. It follows them into the years of the post-war period in Germany, where they found their ways back into life. And it shows their everyday lives today. A film about coping with trauma and one of the last chances to get into conversation with Holocaust survivors and to give them the opportunity to bear witness.


Current State - January 2019

Our work for "Café Zelig" (German title "Das Zelig") is planned to start in February/March 2019.



These scenes were created during a first research. Click on this image to be directed to the Vimeo page with a 3 min long clip.



Our co-producer of the documentary film "CAFE ZELIG" is Weltfilm GmbH in Berlin.

We are very thankful that following institutions will support our production!

BKM - The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) of Germany/Film Funding

Rainer Bickelmann-Foundation (Germany)

Wolfgang Suwelack-Foundation (Germany)

Holger Koppe-Foundation (Germany)

EVZ - Stiftung „Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft“ - Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future) (Germany)



For the production of "Cafe Zelig" we need further financial help. We, the non-profit EVA association, provide own funds for this film project. 

We welcome any amount you can contribute to our association to realize this film project. Any amount will help us! 
There will be specific rewards – from DVDs, signed posters, original drawings, name listing in the final credits of the film, invitations to special screenings and more.

You can also receive a donation receipt (see further down below in the section "Donations").

Visit our Crowdfunding page - campaign ends 28 January 2019!



Johewet Rosendahl: Born 1943 in Sosnowitz (Poland). When Sosnowitz ghetto was to be liquidated, and just before the deportation into the unknown, Johewet's father decided to hand baby Johewet into the hands of their Christian Polish neighbours.......

Johewet Rosendahl with her husband Gideon

At Café Zelig.

Miram Acoca-Pres: head of the social worker team at Café Zelig, is responsible for the varied cultural programme and psychosocial care of Café Zelig's visitors..s

Henry Rotmensch. Born 1925 in Bedzin (Poland). With great emphasis he says that he never wanted to go to one of the many DP camps in Bavaria: "After liberation I had enough of camps, I went straight to Munich. I wanted to live, build something up for myself. Munich offered many possibilities, hundreds of possibilities. What was I supposed to do in America... and wait and wait...?".

Natan Grossmann. Born 1927 in Zgierz (Poland). With Natan Grossmann we visit a Munich hospital, for example, where at the end of the 50's he was lying on a ward and in a hall next to former Wehrmacht soldiers, who, like him, were suffering from life-threatening illnesses and damage due to frostbite. The former Wehrmacht soldiers had contracted it during the Russian campaign, Natan Grossmann as a child and adolescent in the Lodz/Litzmannstadt ghetto.

Doctors in Israel had advised him to go to Germany for treatment - to save his life - because over the years Germans would have gathered the world's greatest medical expertise (through the thousands of Wehrmacht soldiers returning from Russia). Grossmann set off for Germany despite greatest inner resistance. He would never had imagined having to share a room with former German soldiers for weeks – with the "beasts who had on their conscience my mother, my father, my brother and so many other of my people".

But Grossmann, a Polish Jew, did indeed settle down in Munich, Germany, where he still lives to this day.

Dr. Joram Ronel, clinical-scientific director of Café Zelig, specialist in psychosomatic medicine and psychoanalyst, who founded Café Zelig in 2016, helps us approach the world of trauma from a scientific, medical point of view.


  Donation receipt needed or helpful?
Donations given to us for this film project are tax deductible as we are a non-profit-association.  
Please contact us for questions or request for receipt: 
phone: 0049-30-55515114

Our bank name: Berliner Volksbank
Address: Mehringdamm 48, 10961 Berlin, Germany
Account holder: Europaeischer Verein für Ost-West-Annäherung e. V.
Account number: 7249602005
Bank code: 10090000
IBAN: DE02 1009 0000 7249 6020 05

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Contact Tanja Cummings directly (director & co-producer)