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The Mortal Storm, the first Hollywood film to portray Nazi oppression, opens the UMD spring semester film series, The Holocaust: Resistance and Survival.
The films will be shown at 3:30 pm in Montague 70 on five Thursdays: February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 1, 2012. An introduction of each film will be presented by Alexis Pogorelskin, associate professor of History. An informal discussion will follow. The schedule includes The Mortal Storm on February 2, Casablanca on February 9, The Pianist on February 16, Defiance on February 23 and Schindler’s List on March 1. There is no admission charge, and the public is invited. The series is presented by the Center for Genocide, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies and the History of Hollywood class, HIST 3346.
The co-sponsors of the series are Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies and Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration. This film series shares the goal of the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration, “to remember, with dignity, the lives and sufferings of the victims and to encourage change through the dissemination of truth, justice, and peace.” For information, contact Alexis Pogorelskin, Department of History, firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-726-7548, or see www.d.umn.edu/cla/ghhrcenter/.
|The Mortal Storm
One of the first directly anti-Nazi movies released beforeWWII, it features Jimmy Stewart as the lone voice of sanity. The portrayal of Germany is quite accurate for 1940. The prosecution of intellectuals and Jews, the climate of fear and suspicion, and the mass hysteria are all present.
(1940) 102 minutes
The film is set in northern Africa during World War II. Ingrid Bergman is the lost love of Humphrey Bogart - and he must help her and her husband (the leader of the resistance movement) escape the Nazis through Morocco.
(1942) 102 minutes
This film tells the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew and concert pianist, who witnessed the Nazi invasion of Warsaw, eluded the Nazi death camps, and survived throughout World War II by hiding among the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto.
(2002) 150 minutes.
Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.
(2008) 137 minutes
This Academy Award-winning picture presents the true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer, and war profiteer who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.
(1993) 185 minutes
See info about the May 2012 Study Abroad trip to Germany and Poland
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