Combining interviews, archival material, and animation, this documentary tells the story of Fredy Hirsch, a gay, Zionist athlete who became the head of the youth department of the Theresienstadt Ghetto. Hirsch faced discrimination and persecution both for his sexuality and as a Jew, but he was also a widely admired figure in Theresienstadt. Following the screening, LBI’s Head of Public Outreach, Michael Simonson, will discuss Hirsch’s life, as well as the topic of sexuality in concentration camps.
About the Speaker
Michael Simonson has been part of the Leo Baeck Institute since 2002. Since his beginnings as a new archivist, he has taken on many roles, including the position of Director of the Dr. Robert Ira Lewy Reference Services and as Director of Public Outreach. Simonson works closely with researchers and their needs, be it academic or personal genealogy. He has coordinated a number of programs online, as well as the monthly meetings of the Leo Baeck Institute book club. You are always welcome to write him with any questions you have related to your research.