September 1, 2020
The year is 1896. Elizabeth von Schwabacher, gifted daughter of a Jewish banker returns home to Berlin from piano studies in Vienna. Awakened to sudden improvements in the opportunities open to women, she balks at her parents’ expectation that she will settle down to life as a wife and mother. In a bid to establish a life as an emancipated “salon Jewess,” she resolves to have an affair with an aristocratic suitor — an escapade that, given her rigid social milieu, has tragic consequences.