Der GELBE SCHEIN (1918)

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  • The YELLOW TICKET Alternative

Synopsis

Drama about a Jewish woman studying medicine in turn of the century St Petersburg.

Sokolowice, Poland. The father of Lea, a Jewish girl is ill. She wants to study medicine in St Petersberg though her religion would count against her. In order to study, she will have to accept the "yellow ticket" (identity card) of a prostitute. On his deathbed Lea's father gives her teacher Ossip Storki some papers which tell how Lea was adopted, having been left on the doorstep in 1899. Lea's father dies and she leaves for St Petersburg. Before she goes, Storki gives her a keepsake - a book that had belonged to his dead sister Sophia. In St Petersburg Lea applies for the pass and accepts a room in a brothel. Looking at Storki's book she discovers his sister's identity papers and enrols at the university under that name. At a party organised by her landlady Lea rejects a potential customer. Later at the university she is awarded a prize but the same man is there, recognises her and decides to investigate her dual identity. Ossip Storki hears about a prize being awarded to his sister and, puzzled, also investigates. Storki talks to Lea's professor and it becomes clear that Lea is in fact the professor's illegitimate and abandoned daughter. Meanwhile Lea is so ashamed that she attempts suicide. She is brought to the university to be operated on and the operation is successfully carried out by her professor.

Note. Warsaw stood in for both Sokolowice and St Petersburg and some of the scenes were shot in the ghetto before its destruction.

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