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Film screening and discussion.
On November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis organized and carried out violent attacks on Jews across Germany, as well as in the newly annexed Austria and Sudetenland. Perpetrators beat, raped, and murdered Jews while Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues were plundered and destroyed by Nazi stormtroopers (SA), Hitler youth and local civilians. The state-sponsored violence against Jews resulted in a wave of suicides and the arrest of up to 30,000 Jewish men, hundreds of whom died. The events were widely reported abroad by diplomatic staff and journalists. In the months that followed, the Jewish refugee crisis intensified.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the November Pogrom (Kristallnacht). The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies will commemorate the event by inviting audiences to an evening of film screening and discussion. Since the end of the Second World War, film has been one of the most important ways in which the Holocaust has become embedded into our cultural memory. In many cases, film makers have been the ones able to ask some of the most difficult questions and throw light on painful, complex issues in the history and memory of the Holocaust.
Hungarian director Ferenc Török does precisely that in his stunning film “1945.” Set in a small town in Hungary in the immediate aftermath of the war, it explores the social and moral after-effects of genocide on a society.
“1945” (2017/Hungarian (with English subtitles)/91 minutes)
Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/HCg3jVRX85A
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Garrison Hall (GAR), 0.102
128 INNER CAMPUS DR , Austin, Texas 78705
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