Theresienstadt: Screening a Nazi Concentration Camp Documentary from 1944
February 6, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp/ghetto in Theresienstadt/Terezín. The camp ranks as a peculiar chapter in the history of the Holocaust for two reasons: First, its predominantly Jewish inhabitants included some renowned Jewish tinkers and intellectuals such as Leo Baeck, Carl Meinhardt or Volker Hoffmann. Second, the SS commissioned and produced a macabre documentary about the camp in 1944 which showed the life in Theresienstadt in a disturbingly happy and immensely distorted fashion. To commemorate the liberation of Terezín, the Department of German would like to invite the Princeton community to a screening and critical discussion of the 1944 Nazi documentary about the ghetto. After a brief introduction into the history of the camp and the production, we will view all the remaining materials (ca. 25 min) and open up the plenum for a discussion about the nature of the images presented and the way to handle this difficult visual legacy from the Nazi era.
Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. For further information, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directors: Kurt Gerron, Karel Pecený (1944)