Back to Berlin

In the summer of 2015, Germany hosted the European Maccabi Games (also known as the Jewish Olympics) at the Waldbühne Stadion, site of Hitler's 1936 Olympics for the first time ever. 

Inspired by the heroic 1930s’ Maccabiah riders, eleven motorcyclists carry the torch and fly their flag from Tel-Aviv to Berlin, capturing this symbolic moment. Each European country holds a chilling resonance as each biker discovers or reveals how their families survived. They have to confront the past, address the present and contemplate the future. This is not simply a 'Jewish" story, it is a story of a people overcoming the worst from their fellow man to restate our common humanity. Ultimately, the film explores the impact of trauma and raises the question of whether ‘to tell or not to tell’.


The Director - Catherine Lurie

Catherine Lurie-Alt is a film producer and journalist based in London. She was the youngest investigative Journalist ever appointed to the Business section of the Sunday Times in South Africa. Currently she is the European Correspondent for the New York-based TV Chanel JBS and is a member of the Foreign Press Association. Catherine conceived the idea of Back to Berlin after working as a correspondent covering the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel, where she found, produced and directed five other human interest stories. Catherine has had a long association with the Maccabiah. She joined the Committee of 18 in LA in 2011 and the Board of Trustees for Maccabi World Union (MWU) in 2013. She is also a UK member of the European Jewish Parliament. Her company, Luria Media, is developing and producing multimedia projects focusing on subjects relating to humanitarian causes and foreign politics.


Director : Catherine Lurie 

Producer : Catherine Lurie

Category : Feature Film in Competition

Length : 59 minutes

Country : UK