Rosenberg Film Series

2015 Sunday Afternoon Series

The 2015 Sunday Afternoon Film Series is generously sponsored by Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg.
All screenings begin 1:00 pm and are free of charge.

Please RSVP to each film by calling 314-442-3711 or by emailing
Films will be in English unless otherwise noted.


The Lady in Number 6
January 25, 2015

Directed by Malcolm Clark
USA, 2013, 39 minutes
In Hebrew, German and English with English subtitles

This Academy Award-winning documentary tells the inspirational story of 109-year-old Alice Herz Sommer, pianist and Holocaust survivor who shares her story of how to achieve a long and happy life – filled with humor, laughter and optimism.

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.

FedruaryLesHommesLes Hommes Libres (Free Men)
February 22, 2015

Directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi
France, 2011, 99 minutes
In French with English subtitles

This dramatic film, fictionalized but based on historical events, recounts the largely untold story about the role that Algerian and other North African Muslims in Paris played in the French Resistance and as rescuers of Jews during the German occupation (1940-1944).

The filmmaker skillfully interweaves fictionalized characters with historical figures such as the rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris and Salim Halili, an Algerian Jewish singer. Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Sara Jay, a doctoral candidate in the History Department of Washington University and 2012-2013 Fulbright scholar to Israel, whose research focuses on Modern Jewish History.

MarchBookThiefThe Book Thief
March 29, 2015

Directed by Brian Percival
USA/Germany, 2013, 131 minutes

Based on the popular young adult novel, The Book Thief tells the story of a young girl living with an adoptive German family during the Nazi era. Initially illiterate, Liesel becomes a compulsive “borrower” of books and a thoughtful observer of the events unfolding around her. Her life changes when a Jewish man, on the run from the authorities, takes refuge in their small home. The excellent cast includes Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nelisse.

This film is highly recommended for young adults. 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). He is currently writing a book about the case of a falsely accused Jewish businessman in Germany before the Nazi seizure of power.

AprilGodOnTrialGod on Trial
April 26, 2015

Directed by Andy De Emmony
USA, 2008, 86 minutes

This powerful, thought provoking film portrays a group of Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz who put God on trial, in absentia, for abandoning the Jewish people. They question if God has broken his covenant by allowing the Holocaust to take place. Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Rabbi Yosef Landa, Regional Director, Chabad of Greater St. Louis, who will use this film as a leaping off point for a discussion of faith and reason from a Jewish perspective.

MayGreyZoneThe Gray Zone
May 31, 2015

Directed by Tim Blake Nelson
USA, 2001, 108 minutes

In English with some German subtitles Inspired by actual events at Auschwitz-Birkenau, this film tells of the revolt staged by the Sonderkommandos, Jewish laborers who were forced to assist in the mechanized murder system of the gas chambers and crematoria. With stirring performances by David Arquette, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Daniel Benzali and Mira Sorvino.

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.

JuneVerboteneVerbotene Klänge: Komponisten im Exil (Forbidden Sounds: Composers in Exile)
June 28, 2015

Directed by Norbert Bunge and Christine Fischer- Defoy
Germany, 1991, 72 minutes
In German with English subtitles

This remarkable documentary traces the effect of Nazism on composers of that era, illustrated by archival footage, interviews and musical interludes.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Dr. Robert Hutcheson, who serves as an educator and docent for the HMLC. Dr. Hutcheson has served for many years as facilitator for the museum’s Memory Project, a writing project for survivors. He also has a doctoral degree in music from Washington University.

JulyTishaBavTisha B’Av
July 26, 2015

2:00 pm (Note special time)

The HMLC will screen a special film, commemorating Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, a date marking the destruction of both the first and second temples in Jerusalem and several other tragic events in Jewish history. Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good, a 2002 documentary directed by Matej Minac, tells the inspiring story of Nicholas Winton, whose heroic actions in 1938 led to a rescue operation that saved over 650 Jewish children. Nicholas Winton: the Power of Good is in English and has a running time of 64 minutes.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Rabbi Ze’ev Smason of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Congregation.

AugustHitlersChildrenHitler’s Children
August 30, 2015

Israel/Germany, 2011,
83 minutes, Some English,
German and Hebrew subtitles

This fascinating documentary film portrays the struggle of family members of Hitler’s inner circle with the burden of a family legacy, and surname, identified with the horrors of the Holocaust. The descendants of the most senior Nazis describe the conflicted feelings of guilt and responsibility they carry with them in their daily lives.

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).

SeptemberXMenX-Men: First Class
September 27, 2015

Directed by Matthew Vaughn
USA, 2011, 132 minutes

In this prequel to the popular X-Men series, the United States government enlists the help of mutants with superhuman abilities to thwart the plans of a malicious dictator. This film, which deals with the concept of “otherness” as well as the interweaving of Nazi imagery and characters with popular culture, will appeal to the young and the “young at heart.” Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

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.

October 25, 2015

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
Poland, 2013, 82 minutes
In Polish and French with English subtitles

This visually-stunning film, set in the 1960s, tells the story of Anna, a girl brought up in a convent, unaware of her Jewish identity. Intent on taking her vows and becoming a nun, she meets her Jewish aunt, a hard-drinking judge and prosecutor under the Stalinist regime. Together, they set off on a journey to uncover their family history and explore their personal identity.

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).

November 29

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
France/Germany, 2014, 84 minutes
In French and German with English subtitles

During the night of August 24, 1944, with the Allies at the gates of Paris, General von Choltitz has been ordered by Hitler to blow up the city. Raoul Nording, the Swedish consul, has come to his hotel room to try to dissuade him from moving forward – the film is based on von Choltitz’s diaries and features two major French actors, André Dussolier and Niels Arestrup.

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 with his work at the Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum and the Walker Art Center. He has taught at several U.S. universities. Marton’s father, photographer Ervin Marton, was in the Résistance.

DecemberDesperateHoursThe Desperate Hours
December 27, 2015

Directed by Victoria Barrett
USA, 2001, 64 minutes

This stirring documentary includes interviews with historians, diplomats, clergy and survivors in the United States, Turkey, Italy and Israel telling the virtually unknown story of Turkey’s rescue of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Dr. Zvi Tannenbaum, former Professor of
History at Missouri Southern State University, in Joplin and current teacher at Block Yeshiva High School.
Dr. Tannenbaum, who received his Ph.D. at Stanford University is also a founding member of the Holocaust Educators and Academic Roundtable of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Kansas City.

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