As part of the powerful exhibition Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, the Museum and Northwest Film Center are honored to present a free lecture and two films in early February.
Film & Discussion: House of the World
February 2, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Director Esther Podemski
House of the World is an emotional, poignant film made up of historical imagery, snapshots of Jewish life in Poland, archival music, and contemporary footage—all together, a vital record of a people. The filmmaker will be present for a post-film discussion.
February 3, 12:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Director Claude Lanzmann
Lanzmann’s groundbreaking durational documentary, an extensive look into remembrances of the Holocaust by survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators, is a deeply heartbreaking yet incisive examination of the Shoah. The film is composed of two parts: First Era and Second Era. First Era (273 mins.) begins at noon with a midway intermission. Second Era (292 mins.) begins at 6 p.m. with a midway intermission.
Free Lecture: Jewish Ghetto Photographers
February 5, 6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Jewish Ghetto Photographers: Reimagining the Holocaust
Judith Cohen, Chief Acquisitions Curator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The vast majority of Holocaust photography, and the best known, was taken by German photographers. These photos include such iconic images as the Warsaw ghetto boy and the selections at Auschwitz. Therefore, we largely visualize the Holocaust through Nazi eyes. However, there also exists a considerable corpus of Jewish ghetto photography taken both by professional and amateur photographers. These photographs not only capture aspects of the ghetto hidden to the Germans, but also show layers of ambiguity and nuance that the official photos miss.