Based on an earnest teleplay by Rod Serling (originally produced for TV's "Playhouse 90" in 1960), IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES plays to all the strengths (beautifully attuned dialogue, timeless soul-searching) and weaknesses (didactic overstatement of themes, oversimplification of
characters into mouthpieces) of prime-time Serling. In this plangent condemnation of the Holocaust, powerful passages about surviving in the Warsaw Ghetto intersect with heavy-handed philosophizing about the human spirit.
Rabbi Adam Heller (Armin Mueller-Stahl) does his utmost to nourish his battered flock in WWII Poland. As the occupying Nazis either starve or deport the residents...