The kidnapping of Yossele Schumacher is being turned into a movie by directors Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv.
The Schumacher affair gripped the nation in the early 1960s when the 9-year-old's ultra-Orthodox grandfather refused to return him to his nonreligious parents, and prime minister David Ben-Gurion even asked the Mossad to find the child.
The film will be financed by the producer of "La Vie en Rose," Alain Goldman. The project is in the final development stages, and filming is expected to begin this spring. Last year another movie targeting an ultra-Orthodox audience, "Where is Yossele?" was released about the affair.
Schumacher came to Israel from the Soviet Union with his parents and sister, and his parents asked his grandfather to care for the children. In 1959 they decided to take their children back, but the grandfather refused, saying he did not want to destroy the child's religious education, and hid him. The court ordered the grandfather to reveal Yossele's location, but he refused, and was jailed in 1962.
The case strained tensions between the ultra-Orthodox and nonreligious at the time.
Yossele was smuggled out of the country disguised as a girl, and was eventually found by the FBI and the Mossad, living with a Satmar Hassidic family in Brooklyn.
He was returned to Israel, where he still lives today.
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