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This film series commemorates the start of the Great War, a time when violence once again disrupted peaceful life around the world. Four classic international films reflect a range of Jewish experiences in the East and the West.

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"The Fighting 69th"

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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.

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Prochnik, George. The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the end of the world. New York: Other Press, 2014.

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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.

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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.

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A Letter to Mother

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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.

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Unknown Photographer, Jewish service during WWI

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An international roster of scholars will discuss the state of scholarship and introduce cutting-edge research on Jews in World War I, examining the war’s importance as a cataclysmic event in Jewish and world history.

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Join us for an evening of performance exploring the Jewish experience during World War I. An esteemed cast of actors will bring to the stage the words of soldiers and civilians, politicians and poets, from home and abroad. Through memoir, music and imagery, these dramatic readings will reflect upon the war that created the modern world.

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Border controls in East Berlin, shortly before East German authorities sealed the border in August 1961, Bundesarchiv

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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,…

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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.

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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.

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Commissar

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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.

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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.

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