One of the few film series in the world dedicated to Holocaust films begins its fifth season next week.
This year Teicholz Holocaust Remembrance Film Series, organized jointly with Los Angeles’ LA Holocaust Museum will present German films on the Holocaust, in order to “explore how German cinema has dealt with the complexities of the country’s role during the Holocaust,” according to founder and organizer Tom Teicholz.
In addition to the screenings, the series also includes panel discussions with historians, professors and filmmakers, moderated and moderated by author and journalist Teicholz, a forward contributor. This year’s film series is also supported by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles
“Cinema has such a great power to educate and raise awareness, especially those who wouldn’t necessarily read about the Holocaust or take a course on the subject,” said Teicholz, who organizes and raises funds. for the series.
Two of the three films, Teicholz explained, were shot in East Germany, which approached the issues and consequences of the Holocaust very differently from those made in West Germany.
Part of Teicholz’s decision to helm the film series is to continue to honor his parents, both of whom were Holocaust survivors. Her father was a resistance leader and was involved in saving Jewish lives after the war. Her mother had been an actress in Hungary.
Teicholz has run a similar program for the past 25 years at Middlebury College, his alma mater, which he says âhas had a significant and continuing impact on the awareness of the Jewish people of the Holocaustâ there. Bringing it to the Holocaust Museum LA, the center of the global film industry, was the next logical step, he said.
âWe are very grateful for the opportunity to host this important film series each year in our museum,â said Beth Kean, Executive Director of Holocaust Museum LA.
Jacob the liar, based on a novel of the same name by Jurek Becker, is set in a Jewish ghetto in 1944, where Jacob Heym claims to have access to a secret radio. He reports on Russian advances in order to alleviate the community’s despair. The film was later remade into a Hollywood film in 1999 starring Robin Williams.
Aimee and Jaguar tells the incredible true story of the love affair between Lilly Wust, married to a Nazi, and Felice Schragenheim, an underground Jewish woman who believes that this affair could increase her chances of survival. The film is based on a book of the same name by Erica Fischer.
Naked among wolves is also based on the true story of a young boy who was smuggled into Buchenwald by a Polish prisoner who was keeping him alive. The boy is to be hidden from the prisoners of the camp under the camp is released. Naked Among Wolves was filmed on location in Buchenwald, Germany. This film is presented in partnership with the Wende Museum of the Cold War in Culver City, California.
The series will take place virtually again this year, having first aired virtually last year due to the pandemic. Last year, Teicholz said, the silver lining was the number of people around the world, including experts and historians who could join Europe for panel discussions.
Some 600 people streamed the films and more than 200 people joined the panels, compared to just 50 people in attendance for the series when it was only accessible to the public in person for the first consecutive years. This year, the organizers hope to attract as many participants.
“I believe in the power of film to openly and even subliminally convey the message against bigotry, against discrimination, against others,” Teicholz said. Given the recent rise in anti-Semitism, “the mission of Holocaust education has become all the more critical.”
âThrough the prism of cinema, we have the opportunity to see and learn history from a global point of view. As we often say, we need to reach people where they are, and teaching Holocaust history through film is another tool in our quest to inspire humanity with the truth, âKean said. .
The Teicholz Holocaust Remembrance 2021 film series will begin airing this year on Thursday, July 29 and continue on the following two Thursdays, August 5 and August 12. Tickets are free, but there is a suggestion Don of $ 10. If viewers support the series, they are encouraged to make a bigger contribution to maintain it in the future.
Register here. Registrars will receive an access link a few days before the screening.