In 1938, the Germans annexed Austria.  For Georges Jorisch, a young Austrian Jew aged 10, it is the beginning of a long nightmare.  He follows his father on the road to exile, leaving behind his mother and grandmother, whom he will never see again.  The Nazis took over their entire heritage, including the grandmother’s collection of paintings.

After the war, orphaned by his family and country, Georges Jorisch emigrated to Canada, where he raised his family of four children in difficult conditions.  But in 1998, at the age of 70, Georges Jorisch set out to find two paintings by the great master Gustav Klimt that belonged to his grandmother.


Édith Jorisch

Original music

Alexandra Stréliski

Production manager

Corine Trudel


Sylvie Tremblay

Executive producers

Bruno Dubé
Robert Montour

Gémeaux 2017

Nomination – Best Documentary Program or Series: Biography or Portrait
Nomination – Best Documentary Program or Series: Biography or Portrait, Arts and Culture, Nature, Science and Environment – Program