KHRCA Cinema

The Nazis A Warning from History – A 3 Part Film Presentation

How could a political party as fundamentally evil as the Nazis come to power? The Nazis: A Warning from History exposes the popular myths surrounding the rise and fall of the Third Reich. This series explores how the Nazis gained influence, how they ruled, how they treated their occupied territories and, above all, how a cultured nation could be a party to such acts of inhumanity. The presentations include contemporaries recalling the true extent of Hitler’s power; eyewitnesses recalling the horrors perpetrated on the Eastern Front; specially shot film in Lithuania revealing the development of the “Final Solution”; and, ordinary Germans shedding new light on the relationship between the Party and the people. The series will also answer questions such as, Was the Nazi rise to power simply the result of the hypnotic power of Hitler’s rhetoric? And, Did the Gestapo really impose themselves by terror on an unwilling population? This six part series, winner of eight international awards including the Peabody Award, unveils a chilling reality.

Part One: Tuesday, February 14, 2014 at Noon
Helped into Power. How the Nazi Party was formed and Adolph Hitler was able to rise to power. Interviewees include former Nazi party members and their opponents.

Chaos and Consent. Examines how the Nazis consolidated power and how extreme and radical policies were formed and implemented using euthanasia. Interviewees include former Nazi officials and an inmate of an early concentration camp.

Part Two: Wednesday, March 14, 2014 at Noon
The Wrong War. Traces the path to war with Great Britain and the alliance with the Soviet Union. Interviewees include former Nazi officials and diplomats.

The Wild East. Examines Nazi rule and “ethnic cleansing” in occupied Poland under Hans Frank, Albert Forster and Arthur Greiser. Interviewees include a Pole subjected to Germanization: an ethnic German who was resettled in Poland and a former Nazi official.

Part Three: Friday, April 11, 2014 at Noon
The Road to Treblinka
: An account of mass killings in occupied territories after the invasion of the Soviet Union. Interviewees include a former member of an execution squad and a survivor of the Treblinka extermination camp.

Fighting to the End: Explores why Germany fought on when military defeat was inevitable. Interviewees include German soldiers and civilians


The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Women Survived the Holocaust
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

In 1938, Edith Hahn was a Viennese law student, a “Christmas–tree Jew,” with a gentile boyfriend. In 1942, to avoid deportation to a concentration camp, she was living under a friend’s Christian name in Munich and later met and married Werner Vetter, a Nazi party member drafted into the Wehrmacht.

Based upon Hahn’s acclaimed memoir, The Nazi Officer’s Wife, this film adaptation details the extraordinary account of how she survived the Holocaust by posing as an Aryan hausfrau. Despite the risks, she kept painstaking records, including real and falsified documents and photos of labor camps. These moving artifacts, along with testimony from Hahn and her daughter, bring this tale of survival, resilience and redemption to life. 100 minutes


The Ninth Day
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

From inside the Hell of the Dachau concentration camp “Priest Block,” Father Henri Kremer clings to his fragile life and fading faith. But Gestapo officer Gebhardt Diehl, a young and ruthless lapsed seminarian, arranges a nine day reprieve for the priest. If Kremer can persuade his staunchly anti-Nazi bishop to capitulate to Nazi occupation, he will go free. But if he fails or tries to escape, certain death awaits. As he struggles between duty and faith, fear for his own life and for the lives of his loved ones, in just nine days Kremer must find a way to ease his conscience, protect his family, and uphold his vows. 90 minutes English subtitles


Voyages
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Few films have dealt with the Holocaust as freshly and gracefully as this haunting, subtle, and touching feature. Voyages is an ingeniously linked tale centered on three contemporary Jewish women at the crossroads of life. Rivka, a French woman on a bus tour of Poland with her husband, unexpectedly reconsiders her unsatisfactory marriage. The return of Regine’s long-lost father thought to have perished in the camps throws her life into turmoil, opening up more questions than answers. Vera, a Russian woman who impulsively emigrates to Israel looking for a long lost cousin, finds herself a stranger in a strange land. From Poland to Paris to Tel Aviv, Voyages is an intimate and personal story of the quests of three women whose lives and intertwining destinies create a moving and poignant story of survival. 115 Minutes


The Counterfeiters
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Winner of the Academy Award for “the best foreign language film”, The Counterfeiters tells the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, a swindler who made a name for himself as Berlin’s “King of the Counterfeiters”. However, his life of women and easy money is cut short when he is arrested and placed in a Nazi concentration camp.

With the German army on the verge of bankruptcy, Sorowitsch makes a sobering deal with his captors. In exchange for a comfortable bed, good food and fair treatment, he along with other hand-picked specialists must counterfeit banknotes to fund the Nazi war effort. If he does as they say, he lives another day. If he rebels, he faces the same fate as the rest of the camp’s prisoners. But if he lives, will he be able to live with himself? 99 minutes


Almonds and Raisins
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

In 1927, The Jazz Singer, a Jewish film made in Hollywood but with assimilationist values, helped introduce sound to the movies. Thousands of Jews, some leaving the pale of their Lower East Side, New York settlement for the first time, saw and were thrilled to discover a story which spoke directly to their lives – albeit in a foreign language – English. Yiddish film makers took note of this potential audience and between 1927 and 1940 made over 100 films - in Yiddish.

Yiddish film makers confronted the assimilationist message of The Jazz Singer and fears of the immigrant society – dreams of opportunity, assimilation, and social betterment, of separation from family and of failure. The films fulfilled the refugees’ need for recognition and affirmation of the hardships experienced in the new country and of nostalgia for the old.

Almonds and Raisins narrated by Orson Welles, is a film history of this phenomenon – the Yiddish cinema – as remembered by those actors, directors and producers who created it and through excerpts from the greatest films of that vanished era.


Desperate Hours
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Desperate Hours tells the story of Turkey and the Holocaust.
How Turkey recruited the talented men and women Hitler discarded to revamp Turkish sciences, architecture, music, medicine and art;
How Turkish diplomats in France and Rhodes put their own lives at risk rescuing Jews of Turkish origin;
How the Yishuv – Jews from Pre-State Israel – daringly used Turkey as a base to recue Jews; The tragic sinking of the Sturma Refugee Ship with 760 refugees aboard and the odyssey of its lone survivor, David Stollar;
How Monsignor Roncalli (who later became Pope John XXIII), the Apostolic Delegate in Istanbul, worked with delegates of the Yishuv;
The infamous "Jews for Sale" deal – the attempt in 1944 to trade one million Jews for 10,000 trucks.
64 minutes, 2001


Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Memories and Perspective
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Dietrich Bonhoffer’s life story is one of the great epics of courage and conviction in our century. A young pastor in Germany when Hitler came to power, Bonhoeffer was one of the first among his fellow countrymen to recognize the threat posed by Nazism to the basic human values of Western civilization. A leader in the Confessing Church (that group of pastors which actively opposed the Nazification of the German Lutheran Church), Bonhoeffer also played an active role in the German resistance movement. He was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943, spent two years in prisons and concentration camps and was hanged at the Flossenburg camp on April 9, 1945. He was 39 years old. Since his death, his writings and life story have continued to inspire and challenge countless men and women around the world.
90 Minutes, 1983


Carpati 50 Miles, 50 Years
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Carpati: 50 Miles, 50 Years is a testament to the strength of the Jews, Sinti and Roma who call the Carpathian Mountains home.
"I had my bris in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, my bar mitzvah in Czechoslovakia, my divorce in the Soviet Union and '’ll be buried in the Ukraine, but I never left my hometown." Zev Godinger
In 1931 the Carpathian Mountains of the Ukraine was the home of over one quarter of a million Jews. Sixty –five years later, immigration, the Holocaust and political turmoil have left less than 1500. Through Zev Godinger (son of Shimon, survivor of Auschwitz, Jewish community caretaker, grave digger and ice cream vendor) director, Yale Strom, affectionately chronicles the decay of a beautiful culture preserved by the faith of one of its lone survivors.
80 Minutes, 1996


Downfall
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 from 11:10am - 1:50pm

The movie is based on the eyewitness testimony of people who spent the end of World War II in the bunker with Adolf Hitler and his most faithful followers.  We especially follow Traudi Junge, Hitler's personal secretary.  The film gives insight into the chaotic final days of the war and Hitler's life, as well as a window into the motivations and beliefs of those still defending the Reich and Nazism at this late stage. When the movie was first released it was immediately controversial, as the careful casting and excellent performances seemed to "humanize" Hitler too much, according to some critics. Come prepared to discuss.


An Eastern European World the Holocaust Could Not Destroy

Robert Spiotto’s Shalom/Sholom, Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM

When we study the Holocaust, we remember…loss, tragedy, relationships. We see a world taken from us that was warm and comforting. We think of "der alte heim." the old home and all the sweet memories that were part of it.

This semester, we are most fortunate to once again have Bob Spiotto, play writer and actor, who was introduced to the members of the Kupferberg Center’s 2011 program as Primo Levi in And When We Started Singing. This time Bob Spiotto takes us back to early 20th century Eastern Europe in his work Shalom/Sholom, Celebrating Sholom Aleichem.

Come enter a world we know, but no longer exist. Join us as Bob Spiotto offers a nostalgic collection of stories we have heard, but love to hear again as they create the same precarious balance of humor, tragedy, pathos and philosophical insights that have become part of who we are.

Bob Spiotto's gift for narrative and voices takes us on this journey to the past. Reservations: Call 718-281-5770.


The Paradox of Holocaust Journalism: Stories Published But Not Noticed

Lecturer: Dr. Robert Moses Shapiro, Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Research has revealed that thousands of articles appeared between 1933 and 1945 in American and foreign newspapers detailing shocking reports of the abuse, exploitation and mass murder of Europe’s Jews under Nazi German rule. The apparent effective failure of the press to bring the Jewish catastrophe to public awareness contributed to the failure of governments, organizations, churches and individuals to take action on behalf of the endangered Jews.

What went wrong? How could it not have been noticed? Who was responsible?

Robert Moses Shapiro is Professor of East European Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies and Yiddish Language and Literature in the Judaic Studies Department at Brooklyn College. Educated at Johns Hopkins and Columbia University, he has also held fellowships at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Oxford University Yiddish Program in England.

He has published several books and numerous articles, including Holocaust Chronicles (Yeshiva University Press in association with KTAV Publishing, 1999), Why Didn’t the Press Shout: American : American and International Journalism During the Holocaust (Yeshiva University in association with KTAV Publishing, 2003), and translations from Yiddish and Polish of Isaiah Trunk’s classic Yiddish Lodz Ghetto: A History (Indiana University Press in Association with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2006 and The Warsaw Ghetto Oyneg Shabes – Ringelblum Archive: Catalog and Guide (Indiana University Press in association with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland, 2009).


“Idiots, Imbeciles and the Loathsome Diseased” The Hidden History of Post-Holocaust Displaced Persons

Lecturer: Beth Lilach, Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

While Holocaust scholarship has espoused the resiliency of Jewish survivors, this triumphalist ideology has unintentionally eclipsed the history of survivors who could not transcend their physical or psychological trauma. These survivors, stateless refugees who resided in displaced person (DP) camps, were officially stigmatized with the label “hard core.”

The term “hard core” cancelled all opportunities for emigration out of Europe - the primary goal of Jewish refugees. It was applied fecklessly to any survivor who was defined as belonging to one of the prohibitive categories outlined in the United States Displaced Persons Act of 1948. This list included the designations of “idiots,” “imbeciles,” and “persons afflicted with a loathsome disease.” Those classified as “undesirables” became pariahs and found themselves trapped in Fohrenwald Displaced Persons Camp in southern Germany, suspended in geographic and political limbo. For these people, liberation did not arrive in 1945, but was delayed until 1957, when the camp was finally closed.

Few today know of their unyielding strength and determination as they fought for years for the right to emigrate. The history of these unwanted, defamed survivors has been overlooked long enough.

Beth Lilach is the Senior Director of Education and Community Affairs at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center located in Glen Cove, New York. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies at Clark University. Beth has been the recipient of fellowships from such distinguished institutions as the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, YIVO and in 1988 she was granted an unprecedented scholarship as the only undergraduate ever accepted into Yad Vashem’s Post-Graduate Holocaust Institute. She has lectured at Yale University, Smith College, and the Imperial War Museum.


Event Highlights

Their Brothers' Keepers: American Liberators of the Nazi Death Camp-Exhibit October 13, 2013

Henry Ford's War on the Jews Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Carpati 50 Miles, 50 Years Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM