Rosenberg Film Series
The 2014 Sunday Afternoon Film Series is generously sponsored by Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg.
All screenings begin 1:00 pm and are free of charge.
January 26, 2014
Written and directed by Arnon Goldfinger
Israel, 2011, 97 minutes
English with some subtitled Hebrew and German
In this gripping, award-winning documentary, filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger, while cleaning out the Tel Aviv apartment of his recently deceased grandmother, finds evidence that his grandparents were good friends with a leading official in the Nazi propaganda ministry and remained friends even after the end of the war. Disturbed and intrigued, he sets out on an unsettling journey into his family’s history.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Robert A. Cohn, editor-in-chief Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light.
In 2005, the U.N. designated January 27 as the “Day of Commemoration” of the Holocaust. This date was selected because it marks the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945.
February 23, 2014
Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner
France, 2010, 111 minutes
English, wish some subtitled French, Italian, German and Yiddish
Kristin Scott Thomas portrays an American journalist living in Paris who finds her life becoming entwined with the life of a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious 1942 “Vel’d’Hiv” roundup of the Jews of Paris. Based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s bestselling novel.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Sara Jay, a doctoral candidate in the History Department of Washington University and 2011-2012 Fulbright Scholar to Israel, whose research focuses on modern Jewish history.
Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust
March 30, 2014
Produced and directed byCynthia Scott and Russell Hodge
USA, 2012, 60 minutes
Narrated by Liev Schreiber, this documentary recounts the previously untold story of an eclectic group of poker-playing buddies who saved approximately 1,300 Jews from Nazi tyranny. These rescuers included the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen who made cigars in pre-War Manila, Manuel Quezon, president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, U.S. High Commissioner, and Army Colonel Dwight Eisenhower.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by St. Louisan Eva Ashner, whose family fled to the Philippines from Germany and who is featured in the film.
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
June 29, 2014
Written, produced and directed by Joseph Dorman
USA, 2011, 93 minutes
This riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, tells the tale of a rebellious genius who created an entirely new genre of literature.
Introductory remarks by Dr. Ethan Schuman, dentist and chazzan by profession, shochet (ritual slaughterer) and mohel by training, Yiddishist and violinist by avocation. Dr. Schuman has traveled the world, seeking out small remnants of Jewish communities in need.
The legacy of the Holocaust on the next generation is examined in these two short films:
July 27, 2014
Directed by Roz Jacobs and Laurie Weisman
USA, 2011, 30 minutes
In this intergenerational documentary, a survivor inspires her family to connect with relatives they can never meet. Her daughter Roz Jacobs, attempts to “know” her Uncle Kalman by repeatedly painting his image.
July 27, 2014
Directed by Harry Hillard
USA, 2010, 30 minutes
Using interviews and testimony, this documentary explores the difficulties and challenges of growing up as children of Holocaust survivors and examines how the trauma their parents experienced impacted the “second generation.”
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Sylvia Ginsparg, a psychoanalyst in private practice, and clinical professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at St. Louis University. In 2010, Dr. Ginsparg published her book, Never Again: Echoes of the Holocaust As Understood Through Film, which was updated and reissued in 2013.
August 24, 2014
Directed by Margarethe vonTrotta
Germany/Luxembourg/France, 2012, 113 minutes
English with some subtitled German, French and Hebrew
Barbara Sukowa gives a dynamic, nuanced performance as Hannah Arendt, the German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Arendt created controversy, and notoriety, with her writings on the role of Jewish councils during the Holocaust and Adolf Eichmann and the “banality of evil.”
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Erin McGlothlin, associate professor of German and Jewish Studies at Washington University. Dr. McGlothlin’s main research interests are German-Jewish literature and the literature of the Holocaust. In 2006, she published Second Generation Holocaust Literature: Legacies of Survival and Perpetration.
September 28, 2014
Directed by Cate Shortland
Germany, 2012, 108 minutes
German with English subtitles
Abandoned by their Nazi parents at the end of WWII, five German siblings, led by 14-year-old Lore, embark on a harrowing journey across their country. When they encounter Thomas, a Jewish refugee, Lore is wracked by conflicting emotions. This lyrical coming-of-age tale provides an unforgettable look at the human legacy of the Holocaust.
Introductory remarks by Jennifer Kapczynski, associate professor of German, Washington University. Dr. Kapczynski’s research focuses primarily on 20th century literature and film. She is the author of The German Patient: Crisis and Recovery in Postwar Culture (2008) and the co-editor of A New History of German Cinema (2012).
October 26, 2014
Directed by James Moll
USA, 2006, 75 minutes
English with some subtitled German
This powerful documentary traces Monika Hertwig’s journey to accept the truth about her father Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commander portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List. Monika reaches out to Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig, a woman who had been enslaved by her father during the war. More than 60 years after Goeth’s execution for war crimes, the two women meet, bringing closure, yet raising new questions.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Brad Prager, associate professor of Film Studies and German at the University of Missouri. His research areas include film history, contemporary German cinema and Holocaust studies. His publications include a book on the German director Werner Herzog and an edited volume titled Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory (2008).
November 30, 2014
Directed by Agniezka Holland
Poland, 2012, 144 minutes
Polish with English subtitles (Rated R for violence and some nudity)
Based on a true story, this film recounts how a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi-occupied city in Poland, hides a group of Jews in the labyrinthian sewers below the city. Initially acting from greed, the rescuer eventually develops a deeper bond with the group.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Warren Rosenblum, associate professor in the Department of History, Politics and International Relations, Webster University. His most recent publication is Jews, Justice, and the Power of ‘Sensation’ in the Weimar Republic, in the Year Book of the Leo Baeck Institute (2013), and he is currently writing a book about the Haas-Helling affair of 1928.
As A Young Girl of Thirteen: Simone LaGrange Remembers Auschwitz
December 28, 2014
A film by Elizabeth Coronel, Florence Gaillard and Arnaud de Mezamat
France, 2011, 88 minutes French with English subtitles
In this inspiring documentary, survivor Simone Lagrange recounts her life before the war, her deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and her role in bringing Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie to justice. The extended conversation, interspersed with archival images and earlier footage of Ms. Lagrange from Barbie’s trial, reveal a strong, determined woman who refuses to let her spirit be broken. Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Pier Marton (http://piermarton.info), the “unlearning specialist” at the School of No Media. Besides Yad Vashem, he has lectured with his work at the Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum and the Walker Art Center. He has taught at several major U.S. universities. Marton’s father, photographer Ervin Marton, was in the Résistance.
All events take place at:
Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building
12 Millstone Campus Drive
No film in April or May due to Yom HaShoah and Memorial Day.