Witnesses to the Holocaust Archive
EUROPE AND THE HOLOCAUST FILM SERIES
MCHE 2014 FILM SERIES FEATURES
INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS
February – June 2014
The Holocaust has been and continues to be a particularly important theme in European cinema, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. Not only was Europe the site of the vast camp system where the annihilation of two thirds of its Jewish population took place, but it was also the home of the perpetrators and collaborators who facilitated that destruction.
To be sure, some European filmmakers are influenced by their Jewish roots. Most, however, have no personal connection to Judaism or the Holocaust and yet have repeatedly returned to explore the topic in their works. All are preoccupied with questions of agency and responsibility, complicity and victimization.