Bearing Witness Films
Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Bearing Witness traditionally features a Holocaust Survivor or family member who shares his or her inspiring story of survival. In honor of the upcoming Defiant Requiem concert, the Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education will present two short films rarely seen by the public.
The first film is Hitler Gives a City to the Jews which is the only film known to be made by the Nazis inside an operating concentration camp. At just 23 minutes long, Joseph Goebbels had this film made in 1944 to prove to the International Red Cross and the world that Jews being held at Theresienstadt were well-treated. In actuality, the film is an elaborately staged hoax presenting a false picture of camp life. Upon completion, the director Kurt Gerron, and nearly the entire cast was shipped to Auschwitz for extermination.
The second film, is the documentary entitled Karussell from 1999.
This 60-minute film delves into the life of actor and director Kurt Gerron who was approached by the Nazis to direct Hilter Gives a City to the Jews. His incentive for making this false documentary was to be his freedom. Instead, the Nazis sent him to Auschwitz upon the film's completition.
A discussion will be led by Dr. Lili Baxter, the Director of the Weinberg Center, who will provide additional details and background for the audience.
This program is sponsored by Hemschech in Partnership with the ADL
When & Where
The Breman Museum
The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum is Atlanta’s only Jewish museum offering its visitors a wealth of experience spanning Jewish Arts, History, and Identity.
The Breman Museum is home to exhibition galleries, the Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education and the Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History. The Weinberg Center informs visitors from every religious and cultural background on the history of the Holocaust through the personal stories of survivors now living in Atlanta. These personal testimonies, both in film and in person, teach visitors about the universal themes of human dignity and diversity and the responsibility we all have as human beings to prevent genocide. The Cuba Family Archives, the largest repository of southern Jewish history, houses collections of documents, photographs, artifacts, and oral histories all pertaining to Jewish life in Georgia and Alabama. These collections, as well as our Library, are accessible to students, teachers, researchers, history aficionados and home genealogists alike. In addition to the permanent galleries devoted to the Weinberg Center and the Cuba Family Archives, The Breman also has a special exhibitions gallery which presents various exhibitions pertinent to the museum’s mission.
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