Drawing on the real-life WWII heroics of Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum, Walking with the Enemy tells the story of Elek (Jonas Armstrong), a young Hungarian Jew who, in the final months of the war, donned an SS uniform and posed as a German officer in order to save hundreds of Jews in Budapest.
Working from his and Kenny Golde’s script, first-time director Mark Schmidt has woven an epic historical action-drama, expanding on the story of Elek (the Pinchas character) to include the larger efforts of the Budapest Jewish community and the Hungarian government (led by Ben Kingsley’s Regent Horthy) to resist the Nazi’s final genocidal attempts in the face of the approaching Soviet army.
In addition to the Irish Armstrong, Walking with the Enemy also stars English actor Simon Dutton as Miklos Schoen, a Jewish leader who worked with the Swiss government to get many Jews out of Budapest on Swiss passports.
I sat down with both Armstrong and Dutton in Chicago a few weeks ago to talk about the film and how they both approached playing real-life individuals caught up in the Holocaust.
Walking with the Enemy opens today in theaters in select cities. Read more »