Stephen Marzella – Walking with the Enemy

Stephen features as David Koenig in Mark Schmidt’s Walking with the Enemy, available on DVD, Netflix and iTunes now.

Starring Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon, Burn Gorman and Ben Kingsley, it’s set in Hungary during the Second World War. In 1941, trapped between the German Reich and the Soviet Union, Admiral Miklos Horthy (Ben Kingsley), Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary, is forced to join the Axis and must follow Hitler’s lead as to the treatment of Hungary’s Jewish population including forcing 10,000 into slave labour and the rest into ghettos & concentration camps. 

Two young men, Elek Cohen (Jonas Armstrong) and Ferenc Jacobson, obtain forged Catholic baptism certificates and urge their families to leave Hungary as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz is saving thousands of Jewish lives by issuing Swiss passports from his Budapest office, known as The Glass House.

Based on the true story of Pinchas Rosenbaum and Carl Lutz, they are accredited with saving 62,000 Hungarian Jews, the single largest rescue operation of Jewish people of the Second World War. Thanks to their actions, around half the Jewish population of Budapest avoided a grizzly fate at the Nazi extermination camps. 

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