— the monthly screening series with introductions/discussions —
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Directed by Michal Jaskulski and Lawrence Loewinger
Poland, USA, 2016, 90 minutes
Polish, English and Hebrew with English subtitles
In a story that begins with murder and ends with reconciliation, one man persuades the people of Kielce, Poland to confront the truth about the darkest moment in their past: Kielce was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom.
In 1946, 40 Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building were murdered by townspeople. Communist authorities suppressed the story, leaving the town deeply embittered.
Conflict over the pogrom was still a festering wound when Bogdan Bialek, a Catholic Pole, moved to Kielce in the late 1970s. He was shocked by the poisoned atmosphere of his new town. Trained as a psychologist, he has made it his life’s work both to persuade people to embrace their past and to reconnect the city with the international Jewish community.
Cf. Interview with one of the co-directors, Lawrence Loewinger
All Free at 1 p.m.
St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater
at Jewish Federation Kopolow Building/12 Millstone Campus Drive/St. Louis, MO 63146
It is with great enthusiasm that I write the following: a highly valued friend and colleague of my predecessor, the late historian Dr. Judith Doneson, Pier Marton has been an integral part of our institution for more than ten years. Since accepting my position at the Holocaust Museum in St. Louis in 2000, I have continued to rely on his many skills in a variety of ways.
Because of his expertise in film, Pier has been a participant in the museum’s monthly film program; every year of my tenure, Pier has introduced and created discussions around our monthly film screening. His choices are invariably intriguing and his comments continuously illuminating and, even if at times provocative, always accessible to the audience.
He is truly one of our community’s favorite speakers, as indicated by the attendance numbers for the programs he introduces.
Pier has also served on the museum’s permanent exhibition committee, a group that we greatly depend on for their knowledge of the history of the Holocaust and their competence regarding aesthetic decisions.
Pier’s has also lent his wide-ranging expertise to our annual city-wide Yom HaShoah (Holocaust commemoration) program, where he has served as a speaker and created a large number of graphic panels describing his parents and other resistance fighters’ struggles.
Pier has presented Holocaust related themes at programs nationally and internationally and he has built and sustained a reputation for excellence. Because of his record and experience, he was recently invited by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to participate in a Midwest consortium of Holocaust educators.
Pier is a person of integrity and honesty; I always feel I can depend on his constructive and honest opinions and reactions. He has been, and continues to be, a distinctive and exceptional resource for the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.
Dan Reich – Director of Education and Curator, Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
SOME RECENT PROGRAMS
Judgment In Hungary
Directed by Eszter Hajdu
Hungary, 2013, 108 minutes
Hungarian with English subtitles
Filmmaker Eszter Hajdú spent two and a half years following the trial of four men charged with killing Roma children and adults, motivated by “racial hatred.” The filmmaker and his crew documented the 167 days of hearings in this intense, award-winning drama set in a small court room in Hungary.
Directed by Joseph Losey
France, 1973, 123 minutes
In French with English subtitles
[a Brechtian approach] Alain Delon stars in the suspenseful film, set in 1942, Paris. By taking advantage of French Jews who need to sell artwork, the Catholic art dealer, Robert Klein, thrives under Nazi occupation… until he realizes there is another “Mr. Klein,” a Jew who is using his identity to cover anti-Nazi resistance activities. This homonymy attracts the close and menacing attention of the police. The award-winning film co-stars Jeanne Moreau.
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
France/Germany, 2014, 84 minutes
In French and German with English subtitles
During the night of August 24 1944, with the Allies at the gates of Paris, General von Choltitz has been ordered by Hitler to blow up the city. Raoul Nording, the Swedish consul, has come to his hotel room to try to dissuade him from moving forward — the film is based on von Choltitz diaries and features two major French actors, André Dussolier and Niels Arestrup.
As A Young Girl of Thirteen – Simone LaGrange Remembers Auschwitz
A film by Elizabeth Coronel, Florence Gaillard and Arnaud de Mezamat
France, 2011, 88 minutes French with English subtitles. In this inspiring documentary, survivor Simone Lagrange recounts her life before the war, her deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and her role in bringing Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie to justice. The extended conversation, interspersed with archival images and earlier footage of Ms. Lagrange from Barbie’s trial, reveal a strong, determined woman who refuses to let her spirit be broken.
Blinky and Me by Tomasz Magierski – Shown also at the UN in January 2014 for Holocaust Remembrance Day] Sunday December 28, 2014
Pier Marton is presently the “Unlearning Specialist” at the School of No Media. With a lifelong focus on the Shoah, besides Yad Vashem, he has lectured with his work at the Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum and the Walker Art Center. He has taught at several major U.S. universities. Marton’s father, photographer Ervin Marton, was in the French Résistance.