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  • Page 6 - Genocide in the Americas Films
    Cinema Series Colloquia Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    Indigenous People & Genocide in the Americas

    Film Program Curated by KHC Fellow, Julio Meza This film program addresses mass atrocities committed against indigenous people on this continent and the present-day ramifications for Native American communities and the environment. Issues of social justice, gender justice, land rights and sovereignty will be covered in the films and in the conversation. The Canary Effecttraces the effects that the United States and its policies have on the Indigenous peoples. Columbus Didn’t Discover Us,pertains to the July 1990 convergence of Indigenous groups…

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  • The Book Thief
    Cinema Series Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    The Book Thief

    Based on the best-selling book, The Book Thief is a moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II in Germany. When her mother can no longer care for her, Liesel is adopted by a German couple. Though she arrives illiterate, Liesel if encouraged to learn to read by her adoptive father. When the couple then takes in Max, a Jew hiding from Hitler’s army, Liesel befriends him. Ultimately, words and imagination…

  • Page 7 - Kristallnacht Film
    Cinema Series Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    Kristallnacht: The Journey from 1933-1988

    In 1988, PBS marked the 50thanniversary of Kristallnacht. The “Night of Broken Glass” was the infamous anti-Jewish pogrom that took place on November 9thand 10th, 1938. Narrated by Eric Sevareid, the program tells about the night when hundreds of synagogues were destroyed, thousands of Jews were arrested, and Jewish businesses were vandalized by the Nazis. The film includes personal testimonies and archival film footage. Released in 1988, 58 minutes.      

  • My Knees Were Jumping
    Cinema Series Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports

    Filmmaker Melissa Hacker’s mother, Ruth Morley, was one of the over 10,000 children saved in the Kindertransport movement during the Holocaust. On the eve of World War II, as millions of Jews were seeking refuge from Nazi persecution, country after country turned its back – all except Great Britain who opened its doors to an unspecified number of Jewish children in danger. Narrated by screen legend Joanne Woodward, My Knees Were Jumping weaves personal first-hand accounts with extraordinary archival footage to…

  • Page 16 - Worse Than War
    Cinema Series

    Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity

    With his first book, Hitler’s Willing Executioners, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen forced the world to re-think some of its most deeply-held beliefs about the Holocaust. A decade later Goldhagen is convinced that the overall phenomenon of genocide is as poorly understood as the Holocaust had once been. How and why do genocides start? Why do the perpetrators kill?  Why has intervention rarely occurred in a timely manner?  These and other thought-provoking questions are explored in this new documentary film. Released in…

  • Page 17 - A Film Unfinished
    Cinema Series

    A Film Unfinished

    Discovered after the war, the unfinished work, with no soundtrack, one copy of a 60-minute unfinished propaganda film, shot by the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto in May 1942, labeled simply “Ghetto,” sat undisturbed in an East German archive. A Film Unfinished presents the entire film, both documentary and fictionalized sequences. This is a film of enormous importance: it documents conditions under which ghetto residents lived and the efforts of the perpetrators to recast this reality to suggest an entirely…

  • Page 18 - Dunkirk
    Cinema Series


    In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated. With the 75th anniversary of D-Day being June 6th, 2019, the KHC remembers the single most important event…

  • Page 18 - Shoah
    Bernstein Lecture Series Cinema Series Special Event

    Shoah: A Continuum of Holocaust History

    In honor of Yom HaShoah, the KHC will be hosting a special, all-day screening of the film, Shoah. Over nine hours long and 11 years in the making, Shoah is an epic documentary that recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses. Director Claude Lanzmann probes the memories of several survivors of the Holocaust – as well as several ex-Nazis – who helped perpetrate the horrors. Gradually, one becomes aware that what happened in Germany and occupied Europe…

  • Page 20 - True Whispers
    Cinema Series Colloquia

    True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers

    True Whispers is a documentary on the lives of the Navajo (Dine’) Native Americans who became the Code Talkers. The U.S. Navy recruited these children from residential boarding schools to fight against the Japanese in the Pacific theater of WWII for a very specific purpose. The (Dine’) men and women spoke both English and their Native language Navajo, which together formed an incorruptible code used to convey messages during combat. Many of these men were interviewed and disclosed their experience of…

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