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Jüdische Allgemeine corrects interview with ‘Son of Saul’ director

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An interview by Jüdische Allgemeine with Hungarian director László Nemes, of the Oscar-nominated Holocaust film “Son of Saul”, was removed, corrected and reposted by the German Jewish daily today, after the film’s spokesperson denied statements attributed to the director in an interview published online yesterday, according to reports.

Origo.hu reported yesterday that the Jüdische Allgemeine article contained the following statement attributed to Nemes regarding his impressions of Hungary: “Many would like it if the concentration camps opened again, not today, but yesterday.”

A spokesperson for the film sent a statement to origo.hu shortly thereafter, denying that any such statements were made by the director – and that the film company would launch the necessary legal action against the German daily, origo.hu reported. One of the film’s producers, Gábor Sipos reportedly contacted the daily yesterday to request that they remove all statements not made by Nemes.

The article was updated and reposted just before noon today.

“Son of Saul”, which tells the story of a Sonderkommando, a Jewish captive in a concentration camp responsible for escorting his fellow prisoners to the gas chambers and disposing of their bodies afterwards, has become a huge international success and received wide media attention after winning several prestigious awards and being nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign-language film category.

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