Would You Reveal A Secret To Save The One You Love?
Your name is Michael Berg. You’re a handsome and intelligent 15-year old German student and a virgin. Then you meet a beautiful woman named Hanna. You had an affair with her and were soon initiated into a whole new world. You fall in love in Hanna, but you feel frustrated by emotional detachment. She doesn’t seem to have any friends. Maybe she doesn’t love you – she calls you “Kid,” for crying out loud! What are you, a baby goat? But still, you love her with all your innocent heart, and deep down, you know that you have a special place in her life, even if she has strange ways of showing it, such as being indifferent that it’s your birthday. You spend beautiful moments together, you reading to her, while she imagines places she would never see; characters she would never meet – and soon both of will be quickly taking off your clothes. Then she disappears from your life. Years later, you are already a law student. Your professor takes your class to witness a real courtroom drama. This was just after the Second World War, and unimaginable wounds of the Holocaust are still raw and bleeding. Facing trial are the universally reviled SS prison guards of Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp where millions of men, women and children are systematically and brutally dehumanized before being murdered. One of the accused is … Hanna. Her fellow prison guards denied involvement even though they were obviously lying, and ganged up on her. She was forced to say that she was the one who signed the papers that condemned and sealed her fate. But you know she didn’t. She couldn’t. Because Hanna couldn’t read. Scene from "The Reader" movie courtesy of Tribes.org