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Program

Mar 12, 2015 7:00 PM

Seven Lights

Thursday Forum. Documentary about seven Jewish women, who share their experiences of the Holocaust and WWII. Followed by book presentation of “A Centruy of Wisdom” about the life of Alice Herz-Sommer by Caroline Stoessinger.


SEVEN LIGHTS
(Sedm Světel), dir. Olga Sommerová, 2008, 57 min., in Czech with English subtitles

In her work the Czech director Olga Sommerová has repeatedly focused on the fates and testimonies of women. This documentary sees Sommerová turn the camera on seven Jewish women, who share their experiences of the Holocaust and WWII. Their life stories take us to Terezín, Auschwitz and Belzec, where the monstrous annihilation of the Jewish population was seared into their memories.
They also recall the resistance, in which they were actively involved. Each of them outlines her own method of surviving the Nazi regime, while they also explore their own behaviour, their failings and virtues when confronted with such extreme situations. Furthermore they draw attention to the dangers inherent in the behaviour of those who advocate Nazism and extreme nationalism today. The testimonies of these women increase in importance with the passing of time, which gradually carries away the evidence of the injustices they have seen.

Followed by book presentation of “A Centruy of Wisdom” about the life of Alice Herz-Sommer by Caroline Stoessinger.

Free admission.
First-come, first-served.

Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

Mar 12, 2015 7:00 PM

Organizer:

Czech Center


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