The mission of this center is to provide programs and resources in order to remember the victims and the lives of their families,to educate the generations to
come about the ramification of prejudice, racism, anti-Semitism and stereotyping in any society, and to encourage an awareness of the value of diversity in a pluralistic society.
In this epic story of love and treason, Max von Sydow gives a career crowning performance as Knut Hamsun, Norway’s controversial Nobel Laureate and his country’s most beloved writer. But with the shadow of Nazism quickly darkening Europe, Hamsun and his wife, Marie, embrace Hitler - who sees Hamsun’s support as the surest way to win over the Norwegian people. Before long Hamsun and Marie are engulfed in Hitler’s war, their own turbulent relationship, and must face the angry wrath of a betrayed nation.
1935, Nazi Germany – After being released from a camp for political prisoners, Arnold Clasen returns to Hamburg to lead a quiet life. He contacts Renate, with whom he is still in love. And, although he is aware of the danger of doing so, he begins a friendship with Walter, who is active in the resistance. But as old comrades are arrested one after another, Arnold begins to suspect that Walter, who remains unscathed, has betrayed them.
This landmark film exploring the role of the individual in confronting anti-fascism was invited to the Cannes Film Festival. Ironically (and tellingly), it was withdrawn by the East German authorities, who, at that time undermined the artistic activities of Ulrich Weiss, the film’s producer.
In 1938, Edith Hahn was a Viennese law student, a "Christmas-tree Jew" with a gentile boyfriend. In 1942, she was living under an assumed name in Munich, married to Werner Vetter, a Nazi party member who was later drafted into the Wehrmacht.
Based upon Hahn's acclaimed memoir, THE NAZI OFFICER'S WIFE is the riveting 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.
From award winning filmmakers, Rory Kennedy (American Hollow) and Liz Garbus (The Farm Life inside Argola Prison) THE NAZI OFFICER'S WIFE is narrated by Susan Sarandon, with additional readings by Julia Ormond.
This multi-award winning drama is a moving portrait of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine. The film depicts the last six days (February 17 – 22, 1943) in the life of Sophie Scholl from her own perspective: that of a courageous and vibrant young women who is willing to face death for her belief in her ideals and those of the White Rose, an underground resistance movement to which she belongs. Through their resistance and protest against the Nazi regime, Sophie and her fellow members of the White Rose become synonymous with civil courage and a peaceful struggle against the rule of violence and oppression. Although the film follows the historical facts as closely and faithfully as possible (using the original interrogation records found in East Germany) it is written and directed as a feature film. Taking a sensitive and refreshingly open-minded view of history, young director Marc Rothermund re-awakens the now virtually mythical iconic figure of Sophie Scholl.
Despite all the evidence, millions around the world continue to blame the Jews for 9/11. This belief is a modern day incarnation of the infamous "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," the century-old forgery that some people claimed to be the Jews' master plan to rule the world.
Marc Levin sets out to understand why this racist track has been revived, and to challenge one of the most persistent, insidious conspiracy theories of all time. In the course of his explosive journey, Levin finds himself delving into the heart of hate, facing those who would traffic in bigotry all in the name of God.
A startling true story of Kurt Gerron, a well-known and beloved German – Jewish actor, director and cabaret star in Berlin in the 1920s and 30s. Among his greatest accomplishments, Gerron co-starred with the legendary Marlene Dietrich in the film classic "The Blue Angel." Gerron also sang "Mack the Knife" in the original production of "the Three Penny Opera."
Ultimately, Kurt Gerron was captured and sent to a concentration camp, where he was ordered to write and direct a pro-Nazi propaganda film.
Shot on location in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Prague, by a team of filmmakers that has won Academy and Grammy Awards PRISONER OF PARADISE follows Kurt Gerron's career and remarkable odyssey, offering a unique perspective on this extraordinary period.
A young American Jew, who shares a name with the author, journeys to the Ukraine in search of Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather's life during the Nazi liquidation of Trachimbrod,his family shtetl. armed with many copies of an old photograph of Augustine and his grandfather's, maps, cigarettes, and a fanny pack filled with Ziploc bags, Jonathan begins his adventure with Ukrainian native and soon–to–be-good friend, Alexander "Alex" Perchov, who is his own age and very fond of American pop culture albeit culture that is already out of date in the United States. Alex has studied English at his university and is "premium" in his knowledge of the language. Therefore, he becomes the translator.
Set in 1944, as Hitler’s Final Solution becomes policy throughout Europe, Fateless is the semi-autobiographical tale of a fourteen-year old Jewish boy from Budapest, who finds himself swept up by cataclysmic events beyond his comprehension. A perfectly normal teen who has never felt particularly connected to his religion, he is suddenly separated from his family as part of the random and rushed deportation of his city’s large Jewish population. Brought to a concentration camp, his existence becomes a surreal adventure in adversity and adaptation and he is never quite sure if he is the victim of his captors or of an absurd destiny that metes out salvation and suffering arbitrarily. When he returns home after the liberation, he misses the sense of community he experienced in the camps, feeling alienated from both his Christian neighbors who turned a blind eye to his fate and the Jewish family friends who avoided deportation and who now want to put the war behind them.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Sister Rose’s Passion tells the inspirational story of a most unlikely activist and powerhouse who has made the battle against anti-Semitism her life’s work. This poignant, must-see film chronicles the life story of Sister Rose The ring, a gutsy Dominican nun, who had the courage, the toughness, and the passion to resist the status quo and push for what she believed was right.
When it first appeared in 1986, Maus, Art Spiegelman’s memoir of his father’s experiences during the Holocaust, was hailed as a powerful work of history. It represented a new level of maturity for a century–old art form; namely comics, which to that point had mostly been a medium for superhero fantasies and funny animal stories. With the appearance of MAUS, the point was made simply and clearly that a mixture of words and pictures could be used to portray any subject-matter, even one so far removed from traditional comics subject-matter as the genocide and persecution of Polish and German Jews during the years surrounding WWII.