The 2020 Sunday Afternoon Film Series is generously sponsored by
Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg.
- All screenings are free of charge and begin at 1 pm, unless otherwise noted.
- Films from January through May will screen at 1 pm at:
Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater
12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, 63146
Films June through December will screen at 2 pm at:
St. Louis County Library
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Ladue, 63131
- Films are in English, unless otherwise noted.
- For more information, call 314-442-3711 or email LCooper@JFedSTL.org.
No film in September due to holidays.
Who Will Write Our History
Directed by Roberta Grossman
USA, 2018, 95 minutes
English, Yiddish, and Polish with English subtitles
Before he was murdered by the Gestapo, Emmanuel Ringelblum collected and preserved a massive archive of the Jewish experience in the Warsaw Ghetto. His materials, found buried in milk cans, included reports of deportations, clippings from underground newspapers, and various artifacts of everyday life. This documentary film tells Ringelblum’s story through images, interviews, and reenactments.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Dr. Warren Rosenblum, currently Chair of History, Politics, and International Relations Department at Webster University. As Visiting Fellow at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (2017), Dr. Rosenblum pursued research for his project The Feeble-Minded in Germany: Between Sympathy and Persecution.
Germany, 2015, 114 minutes
German with English subtitles
This award-winning film, by Oscar-winning director Oliver Hirschbiegel, traces the true story of Georg Elser, a carpenter from Konigsbrönn who, after becoming politically radicalized, unsuccessfully attempts to assassinate Hitler in 1939. Until today, Elser remains a largely unrecognized hero of German resistance to Hitler.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Pier Marton (piermarton.info), 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 U.S. universities. Marton’s father, photographer Ervin Marton, was in the French Résistance.
Directed by Chris Weitz
USA, 2018,122 minutes
Ben Kingsley portrays Adolf Eichmann and Oscar Isaac portrays Mossad agent Peter Malkin in this thrilling true story of the pursuit and arrest of the infamous Nazi officer responsible for the murder of millions of Jews.
This film is being screened in conjunction with an exhibition of graphic images created by Peter Malkin, currently on view at the HMLC.
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. Her most recent publications include Persistent Legacy: The Holocaust and German Studies (2016, with Jennifer Kapczynski) and The Construction of Testimony: Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah and its Outtakes (2020, with Brad Prager and Markus Zisselsberger).
April 19 (note special date; 3rd Sunday of the month)
Path of the Past
Directed by Lou Baczewski
USA, 2019, 105 minutes
This powerful documentary tells the incredible true story of Pocahontas, Illinois’s Louis “Louch” Baczewski, a tank-crew member who miraculously survived the perilous journey through all five major campaigns of World War II’s European Theater. Part of the 3rd Armored Division, Baczewski and the other members of his Sherman tank crew liberated the Nordhausen concentration camp.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Lou Baczewski, director of the film and grandson of its subject.
Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog)
Directed by Alain Resnais
France, 1956, 32 minutes
In French with English subtitles
This documentary, made 10 years after the liberation of German concentration camps, features the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek and describes the lives of prisoners in the camps. Night and Fog was made in collaboration with scriptwriter Jean Cayrol, a survivor of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. Since its initial release, this classic film continues to be lauded by critics and filmmakers.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Mark Edward Ruff, Professor of History at Saint Louis University, where his areas of teaching includes modern European history, European religious history, and Nazi Germany. His most recent publication, The Battle for the Catholic Past in Germany, 1945-1980, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.
The Shop on Main Street
Directed by Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos
Czechoslovakia, 1965, 128 minutes
Slovak, Yiddish, and German with English subtitles
This film, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, features an Academy Award-nominated performance by actress Ida Kaminska, portraying an elderly Jewish woman who develops a friendship with the good-natured Christian carpenter who has taken control of her button shop. The film sensitively addresses complex issues of moral responsibility and maintaining humanity against extreme odds
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Robert A. Cohn, film reviewer and Editor–in-Chief Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light. Bob Cohn has served as co-Chair for the St. Louis Jewish Film Festival and he teaches film courses for OASIS and the Center for Jewish Learning. He is a member of the St. Louis Film Festival Committee, the St. Louis Jewish Film Society, and the St. Louis Cinema Club.
Film and speaker are to be determined.
Waldheims Waltzer (The Waldheim Waltz)
Directed by Ruth Beckermann
Austria, 2018, 94 minutes
German, French and English with English subtitles
This award-winning documentary traces the uncovering of former UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past, including new details about his service in the German Wehrmacht. It depicts the swift succession of allegations by the World Jewish Congress at the time of his Austrian presidential campaign, the denials by the Austrian political class, and the outbreak of antisemitism and nationalism that finally led to his election.
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 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).
No film screening in September
Woman in Gold
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 painting that belonged to her aunt — a portrait of her aunt, painted by Gustav Klimt.
Caroline Kita is Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature at Washington University. Her research interests include German and Austrian literature and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries, German-Jewish Studies, music and musical aesthetics, theater and radio. Her book, Jewish Difference and the Arts: Composing Compassion in Music and Biblical Drama (Indiana University Press 2019), examines discourses of inclusion and otherness in musical and dramatic works by Jewish artists in Vienna around 1900. She is currently working on a new project on German and Austrian radio drama after the Second World War.
The Little Dictator*
Directed by Nurith Cohn
Israel, 2015, 28 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles
This funny and touching award-winning short film tells the story of Professor Yossi Kleinmann, an uncharismatic and underappreciated history professor. At a Sabbath weekend celebrating the 90th birthday of his wife’s grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, Yossi suddenly finds himself in an unexpected situation that forces him to confront history, his family, and himself.
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, has been screened in the United States, Belgium, Spain, Argentina, Russia, and Ukraine.
*Second short film, t.b.d.
The Silenced Walls
Directed by Sabrina Van Tassel
France, 2015, 88 minutes,
French with English subtitles
In the Parisian suburb of Drancy lies an unadorned block of low-income housing. This documentary explores the building that in 1940 became the central internment camp for Jews during the Nazi occupation of France. Nearly every Jew arrested in France came through its austere lodgings, most on their way to Auschwitz.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Dr. Zvi Tannenbaum, former Professor of History at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. 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.