Michael Berenbaum: On the Holocaust and Film
Tuesdays, 2pm-3:15pm PST
Prerequisite Note: Due to the virtual setting of this class, you must have computer capability, including internet access, in order to participate. A camera is also optimal but not required.
From the 1940s to the 1980s, American film depicted the narrative of the Holocaust in national and Jewish life that is both compelling and complex.
Join Prof. Michael Berenbaum for a weekly in-depth discussion of the film of the week, tracing each decade and its impact on our understanding of the Holocaust.
Note: The following films (available for rent on Amazon) are to be watched in advance and then discussed in class:
The Pawnbroker (1964):
Sophie's Choice (1982):
Son of Saul (English subtitled - 2015):
ALL SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCAHNGES.
Michael Berenbaum is the Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust and a Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University. The author and editor of 20 books, he was also the Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. He was Project Director overseeing the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the first Director of its Research Institute and later served as President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which took the testimony of 52,000 Holocaust survivors in 32 languages and 57 countries. His work in film has won Emmy Awards and Academy Awards.