Rosenberg Film Series

2016 Sunday Afternoon Film Series
The 2016 Sunday Afternoon Film Series is generously sponsored by Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg.
  • All screenings are free of charge and begin at 1:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
  • Films will be in English unless otherwise noted.
  • Please RSVP to each film by calling 314-442-3711 or by emailing
  • For more information, call 314-442-3714 or email
The 2016 Film Series has ended. Stay tuned for the 2017 schedule!

2016 Films

St. Louis Premiere: The Port of Last Resort

Port of Last ResortJanuary 31
Written and directed by Joan Grossman and Paul Rosdy
USA, 1999, 80 minutes

This award-winning documentary focuses on the story of nearly 20,000 European Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai from 1938 to 1941. Shanghai, a free port that did not require papers for entry, became the “last resort” for many Jews seeking a safe haven from the Nazis.

Writer, director and award-winning media artist Joan Grossman will be present to introduce the film and facilitate a post-screening discussion.

Enemies: A Love Story

Enemies A Love StoryFebruary 28
Directed by Paul Mazursky
USA, 1989, 119 minutes

Ron Silver, Lena Olin and Anjelica Huston star in this complex story of love and relationships in the years after the Holocaust. Based on the novel by Isaac Bathshevis Singer.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Robert A. Cohn, Editor–in-Chief Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light.

Mr. Klein

Mr. KleinMarch 27
Directed by Joseph Losey
France/Italy, 1976, 123 minutes
French with English subtitles

Alain Delon stars in the suspenseful film set in 1942 Paris. By taking advantage of French Jews who need to sell artwork, the Catholic art dealer, Robert Klein, thrives under Nazi occupation until he realizes there is another “Mr. Klein,” a Jew who is using his identity to cover anti-Nazi resistance activities. This homonymy attracts the close and menacing attention of the police. This award-winning film co-stars Jeanne Moreau.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Pier Marton, presently the “Unlearning Specialist” at the School of No Media. Besides Yad Vashem, he has lectured on his artwork at the Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum and the Walker Art Center. He has taught at several major national universities. Marton’s father, photographer Ervin Marton, was in the French Résistance.

Jew Suss: Rise and Fall (Jud Süss: Film ohne Gewissen)

Jew Suss: Rise and Fall (Jud Süss: Film ohne Gewissen)April 17
Directed by Oskar Roehler
Germany, 2010, 114 minutes
In German with English subtitles

This historically based film dramatizes the production of the 1940 antisemitic Nazi propaganda film, Jud Süss. The film focuses on the dilemmas facing the lead actor, Ferdinand Marian, as his conflicts with Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels intensified.

Introductory remarks and post screening discussion facilitated by Brad Prager, 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 the recent book After the Fact: The Holocaust in Twenty-First Century Documentary Film (2015) as well as a book on the German director Werner Herzog, and an edited volume entitled Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory (2008).



The Man in the Glass Booth

The Man in the Glass BoothJune 26
Directed by Arthur Hiller
USA, 1975, 117 minutes

Maximilian Schell gives a bravura performance in this intense drama regarding Arthur Goldman, a Jewish entrepreneur whose family was murdered by the Nazis. He is accused of being an infamous Nazi commandant of the concentration camp where Goldman’s family was murdered.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Robert A. Cohn, Editor–in-Chief Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light.

Woman in Gold – This film has been cancelled.

Woman in GoldJuly 31
Directed by Simon Curtis
USA, 2015, 109 minutes

Helen Mirren shines in her portrayal of Maria Altman, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who fights to regain a masterpiece that belonged to her aunt. Co-starring Ryan Reynolds, as the lawyer who takes on the Austrian government to reclaim what rightfully belongs to his client.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Daniel Reich, Curator and Director of Education, HMLC.


CabaretAugust 28
Directed by Bob Fosse
USA, 1972, 124 minutes

This movie musical explores Nazi ascendency in the waning days of the Weimar Republic through the lens of a Berlin cabaret and its patrons and employees, including the passionate and poignant American singer, Sally Bowles. Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Actress (Liza Minnelli) and Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey.)

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by educator and author David Benkof, who has a master’s degree in modern Jewish history from Stanford focusing on the Holocaust.

The Pawnbroker

The PawnbrokerSeptember 25
Directed by Sidney Lumet
USA, 1965, 116 minutes

Rod Steiger gives an Oscar-worthy performance as a Jewish pawnbroker and survivor of the Holocaust who has lost faith in humanity. Haunted by visions from his past, he also deals with the harsh realities of working in East Harlem. With Geraldine Fitzgerald and Brock Peters.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Warren Rosenblum, Professor in the Department of History Politics and International Relations, Webster University. His most recent publication, Jews, Justice, and the Power of ‘Sensation’ in the Weimar Republic, is in the Year Book of the Leo Baeck Institute (2013). He is currently writing a book about the case of a falsely accused Jewish businessman in Germany before the Nazi seizure of power.

The Specialist

The SpecialistOctober 30
Directed by Eyal Sivan
Co-produced by Israel, France, Germany, Austria and Belgium, 1999, 128 minutes
In French, German and Hebrew with English subtitles

This powerful film focuses on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, held in Jerusalem in 1961. Israeli director Eyal Sivan uses original footage from the trial including the questioning of Eichmann and the poignant testimonies of several Holocaust survivors.

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.

The Last Stage (Ostatni etap)

The Last Stage (Ostatni etap)November 27
Directed by Wanda Jakubowska
Poland, 1947, 110 minutes
In Polish with English subtitles

This powerful film focuses on Martha Weiss, a Jew sent to Auschwitz and chosen to serve as an interpreter. Director and co-writer Wanda Jakubowska shot the film on site in Auschwitz and drew on her own Holocaust experiences, giving the film a chilling sense of authenticity.

Introductory remarks and post screening discussion facilitated 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).

District 9

District 9December 18
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
USA, 2009, 112 minutes
Rated R for violence

This Academy Award nominated action film portrays an extraterrestrial race that come to earth. Initially welcomed, they are later confined to a militarized refugee camp/ghetto and ultimately targeted for destruction. This thought-provoking film focuses on how we as a society deal with the “other” and resonates on many levels with current events and issues in our world today.

Introduction and post-screening discussion facilitated by Drew Newman, who received a bachelor’s degree in film from Syracuse University. His film, The Man Who Loved Flowers, appeared in the Stephen King Dollar Baby Festival in Los Angeles and Belgium.

All events take place at:

Holocaust Museum & Learning Center
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building
12 Millstone Campus Drive

For more information, call 314-442-3714 or email