STALAGS - film by Ari Libsker 

      Holocaust and Pornography in Israel \ Documentary \ Israel 2007

Stalags(in Deutsch: "POW camp" [1]) were pocket books whose stories revealed lusty female SS officers sexually abusing camp prisoners. During the 1960s, parallel to the Eichmann trial [2], sales of this pornographic literature broke all records in Israel as hundreds of thousands of copies were sold at kiosks.


The popularity of the Stalags only declined after a much-reported trial, in which their authors were accused of distributing anti-Semitic pornography. The film examines this notorious phenomenon, exposing the creators of this literary genre for the first time. Moreover it posits that pornographic aspects appears in canonic Holocaust literature [3] and continue to be spreaded as part of the representation of the Holocaust in Israel, in schools, books and trips to Auschwitz.


Director Ari Libsker [4], born in an orthodox kibbutz in the north of Israel, is a financial journalist and documentary filmmaker. Behind him are the works "Circumcision" [5](Israel 2004) and "The Home Poem" (Israel 2006).



  • Director and Co.Pro: Ari Libsker

  • Producer: Barak Heymann

  • Editor: Morris Ben-Mayor





Next Screenings:

* New York Film Forum - Daily Screenings, 

April 9-22 - Stalags page on Film Forum.

* HotDocs Festival Toronto 2008 -

April 24\27 - Stalags page on HotDocs.


Heymann Films:

Ari Libsker:


"Israel's Unexpected Spinoff From a Holocaust Trial" - The Stalags, prerelease story and interview with Libsker, The New York Times.

"Fictitious memory" - first article on The Stalags production, from Haaretz Israeli paper, (English).

"Hard Pictures" - magazine story on the film premiere in The Jerusalem Film Festival, Haaretz Israeli paper, (Hebrew).

"Oberst Schultz und seine Hündin" - on Stalags from Frankfurter Rundschau, (Deutsche \ German).





video automatically banned from Youtube due to use of the words "sex" and "holocaust". (2007)

Watch direct videos: Intoduction \ Publisher interview \ Kids sequence.