THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15, Documentary on the Holocaust Experience
Location: Global Heritage Hall 01
with Professor (adjunct) Rabbi Ben Lefkowitz, who is teaching a course on the Holocaust at RWU, and Rob Cohen, Director of Kinderblock66
Sponsored by the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation
Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald (2012). This feature-length documentary tells the story of the effort to save over 900 youth and children who were imprisoned in the Buchenwald concentration camp during the Holocaust. The film follows four child survivors as they return to Buchenwald to commemorate the sixty-fifth anniversary of their liberation. Additionally, the film sheds light on the efforts undertaken by the communist-led underground in Buchenwald to save the young boys who began coming to the camp in large numbers following the liquidation of the death camps by the retreating Nazis at the end of 1944 to early 1945. A major story line of the film is about the attempt to have the block elder of barrack 66, the “children’s block” in Buchenwald, recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.
ABOUT THE 2012 FILM/SPEAKER SERIES ON THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY, Tuesday, November 13 through Sunday, November 18
This series explores representations of the Jewish experience in Israel and of the Holocaust through three recent films (2011 and 2012 short and documentary films). The series culminates with a talk by Professor Jeffrey Shandler of Rutgers University, who will examine how the Holocaust has been viewed on American television from the 1950s through the mid-1990. This series has been made possible through a partnership with FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival and sponsored by the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation and the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation, and the Roger Williams University Department of Communication, Hillel, and Spiritual Life Program.