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Podcast: Will Netflix’s Nazi prisoner animated short become an Oscar nominee?

Filmmaker Daniel Sivan talks about the discovery and making of ‘Camp Confidential,’ currently shortlisted for the Academy Awards

Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel.

We’re speaking this week with Daniel Sivan, the Israeli co-director of the new animated Netflix short film, “Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis,” which was shortlisted for the best documentary short Oscar. Final nominees will be announced on February 8.

“Camp Confidential” is the latest of several Sivan documentary collaborations with his work and life partner, Mor Loushy, to explore different aspects of Jewish history. Their previous films have dealt with subjects such as the Oslo Accords, the Six-Day War and the legacy of the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

The new short documentary tells the story of a group of Jewish American veterans, refugees of Nazi Germany, whose sole experience of World War II was guarding a secret Nazi POW camp on American soil, outside Washington, DC.

Sivan discusses the use of animation to tell this story, their decision to make it into a short film and how he and Loushy unintentionally became filmmakers telling aspects of the Jewish story.

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