Director: Larry Confino, Larry Russo
From the Ladino/Judeo Spanish term of endearment meaning “treasures,” Trezoros chronicles the untold history and destruction of one of the formerly thriving Sephardic communities in Greece.
The film recounts the joyful innocence of the pre-war years, through the heartbreaking struggles of the Holocaust, to a unique place in time and history of a Greek Jewish culture lost forever.
Trezoros is told through personal accounts by the Holocaust survivors and the Greek Orthodox people of Kastoria who lived a once peaceful life and then became eyewitnesses to the horror and ultimate devastation of war. Using never-before-seen archival footage, the film transports the audience to the picturesque town of Kastoria, where Jews and Christians lived in harmony and friendship for over two thousand years. In October 1940, this changed forever with the invasion of Greece by Axis forces. Initially occupied by the Italians, Kastoria and its Jewish community remained, but after Mussolini fell from power, the Nazis took control, eventually gathering the Jewish residents in a single day, and sending them to concentration camps.