short film / directed: Barry Salzman / 30 min / USA, Belgium, Canada, Greece, South Africa / 2014
It Never Rained on Rhodes is a short experimental video about the universality of loss, i.e. – loss of place, heritage, youth or cultural identity, – as explored by a New York artist Barry Salzman, through the lens of one small community that suffered unspeakable losses 70 years ago. Five hundred years ago, the Jewish community on the Aegean island of Rhodes was formed in response to the Spanish Inquisition. In 1944, 1,673 people were shipped to Auschwitz from Rhodes, the farthest locale from which the Nazis deported Jews. Six months later when Auschwitz was liberated, only 151 of Rhodes’ Jewish community survived. Only few returned home.