TIMES OF ISRAEL
Who is the punk-rock-poet-actor behind the pathos of ‘Son of Saul’?
by Lisa Klug
January 10, 2016
Raised in a Hungarian orphanage from age 4, Géza Röhrig was 12 when a Jewish family adopted him. Born with the Hebrew name Rafael Zvi, he spent the next seven years becoming increasingly attached to his new grandfather. In conversation with The Times of Israel, he recalled how together they attended morning services in the local synagogue. Newspaper in hand, his grandfather read the sports pages, then stood for the mourners’ prayer, kaddish, and the lengthy amidah affirmations, still reading the news. Soon after his adoption, while playing chess together, Röhrig asked his grandfather about photos he found hidden in a wardrobe. The elder packed away the game, led him to a study, and explained, through tears, that his parents and sister had been killed in Auschwitz. READ MORE