Had Lionel Returned

November 4, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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The documentary Things Would Have Been So Different Had Lionel Returned, about a Sydney woman’s family’s experiences during WWII will be shown at the NAJEX Remembrance ceremony in Sydney on Sunday.

Wendy Bookatz and Viki Nadel

Wendy Bookatz and Viki Nadel

It’s a moving story,  with universal themes and includes family footage and photos from the archives of   NCJWA NSW  steering committee member Viki Nadel.

Three of the seven Goldsmith family children enlisted in WW11, Lionel, Oliver and Viki’s mother Gwendolen all serving overseas.
Lionel a rear gunner in the New Zealand Airforce never returned, shot down over Germany in September 1943 and buried with full military honours by the Luftwaffe.
THINGS WOULD HAVE BEEN SO DIFFERENT HAD LIONEL RETURNED (2015) By Wendy Bookatz - YouTube 2015-11-04 13-14-09The film was produced and directed by Wendy Bookatz.
The ceremony followed by the film will take place at the Sydney Jewish Museum on Sunday 8 November from 9.30 am.

Warrant Officer Lionel Manuel Goldsmith 40919 Born 18/7/1916, Wellington New Zealand Killed 22 September 1943 Buried Duingen, Germany, 23rd September 1943 by the Luftwaffe with full military honours. Three of the seven children of the Goldsmith family enlisted in WWII to fight in the New Zealand Armed Forces. Victoria Nadel offers an insight into the effects of war not only on her mother, Gwendolen, one of the three children who enlisted, but the rest of the Goldsmith family.
Original music by FourPlay String Quartet
Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor Wendy Bookatz

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