George Prochnik, author of a brilliant new study of Stefan Zweig, leads a dialog on Zweig’s rise and fall, the gulf between the world of ideas in Europe and in America, and the consuming struggle of those forced to forsake one for the other.
Commissar was created by Aleksandr Askoldov in 1967, but was banned by Soviet censors for 20 years, due to the film’s sympathetic depiction of Jews. Commissar is a heartbreaking story of a Jewish family in a backwater Ukrainian shtetl ravaged by war and pogroms.
A Letter to Mother (1939) is one of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion. The plot centers around the story of a mother’s persistent efforts to support her family, while her husband moves to America.
La Grande Illusion (The Grand Illusion) is a 1937 French war film directed by Jean Renoir. The story concerns class relationships among a small group of French officers who are prisoners of war during WWI and plotting an escape.
This 1940 Warner Brothers film directed by William Keighley is based upon the actual exploits of New York City’s 69th infantry Regiment during WWI.
Forchheimer Auditorium, Center for Jewish History This panel discussion on the impact of the division of Germany on Jewish communities on both sides of the Berlin Wall will be moderated by Jeffrey Peck, author of Being Jewish in the New Germany and Dean of the Weissman School at Baruch College. With Michael Brenner, Andreas Nachama,…
Luise Hirsch uses biography and social history to show how Russian- and German-Jewish women fought their way into the universities of Switzerland and Germany and became the first women professionals in modern history.
German Federal Justice Minister Heiko Maas will discuss the research of an independent commission of historians appointed to investigate how the German Federal Justice Ministry dealt with the Nazi past in the early post-war period.
Phoenix Chamber Ensemble performing Schubert’s Trio in E-flat major, Brahms’ Trio in C major and Zaretsky’s 9/11 – In Memoriam. Made possible through the generous support of Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Blavatnik.
The Phoenix Chamber Ensemble performing Stravinsky’s Suite de L’histoire du soldat for violin clarinet and piano, Prokofiev’s Sonata in D Major for violin and piano and Ravel’s Piano Trio.