A new series of Holocaust films begins Sunday at the Figge


The 2022 Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial Holocaust Film Series begins this Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m. in the Figge Art Museum Auditorium, 225 W. 2n/a St., Davenport.

The first is the 2021 film “Love It Was Not,” a tragic love story between a female prisoner and her captor. Flamboyant and full of life, Helena Citron is taken to Auschwitz as a young woman and soon finds unlikely solace under the tutelage of Franz Wunsch, a high-ranking SS officer who falls in love with her and her magnetic singing voice, according to a synopsis.

Risking certain execution if caught, their forbidden relationship lasted until her miraculous release. But when a letter arrives from Wunsch’s wife, 30 years later, begging Helena to testify on Wunsch’s behalf, she is faced with an impossible decision: will she help the man who has brutalized so many lives, but who saved his, as well as some of the closest people? to her?

The 86-minute documentary is in Hebrew/German with English subtitles.

Sunday, March 27 at 4:00 p.m. will be “Sobibor, based on the story of the uprising at the Sobibór extermination camp during World War II and Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky.

When he was a prisoner of war in Sobibor, he managed the impossible – to organize a revolt and a mass escape of prisoners. Many of the escapees were later captured and died – the rest led by Pechersky managed to join the partisans. The screenplay is based on Ilya Vasiliev’s book: “Alexander Pechersky: Breakthrough to Immortality”.

The 110-minute 2018 film is in Dutch/Russian/German/Polish with English subtitles.

On April 3, will be “Three Minutes – A Lengthening”, inspired by an amateur film shot by David Kurtz in 1938 in a Jewish town in Poland and tries to postpone its end. The film is a haunting essay on history and memory. As long as we watch, the story is not over yet.

The three minutes of mostly color footage are the only remaining moving images of Jewish residents of Nasielsk before the Holocaust. These precious minutes are examined moment by moment to unravel the human stories hidden within the celluloid. Different voices grace the images: Glenn Kurtz, grandson of David Kurtz, and Maurice Chandler, who appears in the images as a young boy. Actress Helena Bonham Carter recounts the 67-minute documentary, made in 2021,

Tickets for the film series are $7 each for adults, $6 for seniors (60+) and military, and free for students. For more information, call 309-793-1300.

The main sponsor of this series of films is the Joyce and Tony Singh Family Foundation (Lloyd Burstein was Tony Singh’s mentor).

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