This semester, in the Plemmons Student Union, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will present a series of feature films and documentaries on the Nazi Holocaust. These films will be shown Sunday afternoons at 2:00 in the Greenbriar Movie Theater of the Student Union on the date indicated below. Each film will be introduced briefly by one of the Center’s leaders, who will be available afterwards to answer questions. All films are free and open to the public
Triumph of the Will
This piece of Nazi propaganda covers the events of the 6th Nuremberg Party Congress in 1934. The original intention was to document the early days of the regime, so future generations could look back and see how the Third Reich began. In reality, Triumph of the Will shows how the Nazi state drew in the masses through propaganda. (1934) 110 minutes.
In this notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama, a conniving, ambitious Jewish businessman, Süß Oppenheimer, snares a post as treasurer to the Duke of Wurttemburg by showering the corrupt duke with treasure and promises of even greater riches. As the Jew's schemes grow more elaborate and his actions more brazen, the dukedom nearly erupts into civil war. In a final outrage, the Jew rapes a wholesome German girl and tortures her father and fiancée. When the Duke succumbs to a sudden heart attack, the assembly of Elders try the Jew and sentence him to death for having "carnal knowledge of a Christian woman". (1940) 98 minutes.
This film recreates the infamous meeting on Jan. 20, 1942, at which top Nazis planned the implementation of the Holocaust. Chaired by the SS general Reinhard Heydrich and attended by Adolf Eichmann and fourteen other Third Reich members, this two-hour meeting decided how the Jews of Europe would be murdered. The docudrama is based on the Wannsee Protocol, the sole surviving transcript of this meeting. (2001) 115 minutes.
This film tells the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew and concert pianist who witnessed the Nazi invasion of Warsaw, miraculously eluded the Nazi death camps, and survived throughout WWII by hiding among the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto. (2002) 150 minutes.
Kristallnacht and Beyond
Alexander Lebenstein was born in the small German town of Haltern in 1927. Son of a Jewish shopkeeper in this predominately Christian community, he experienced mounting anti-Jewish persecution during the Third Reich. In this documentary film, Alex recalls the November 1938 Nazi pogram known asReichskristallnachtand the subsequent persecution he underwent in Nazi Ghettos and concentration camps. (2012)
This Academy Award winning picture presents the indelible true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer, and war profiteer who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. (1993) 185 minutes
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