2021 Free Film Series: Reckoning and Remembrance

February, March, April and May
View Anytime via Kanopy then join us for a Zoom discussion on each film.

The films in this series remind us that although the events of the Holocaust occurred over 75 years ago, they do not only belong to the past. We see the many ways individuals, communities, and countries continue to reckon with the Holocaust. For some this means confronting a place or challenging the official record of events. For others, it is reflecting on their own actions. It is a process complicated by grief and guilt. Finally, we will look at how we collectively remember, and better understand the role formal memorialization plays in keeping memory alive and imploring society to do better.

The films in this series can be accessed free via Kanopy. Kanopy is a movie streaming app available free through your public library or institution of higher learning. You may view the films at any time. Although we cannot watch the films together, we will come together for a community discussion of the film and history surrounding it on the dates listed below. After you register for the zoom discussion, you will be sent additional materials to be used during the discussion.

2021 Series Patrons
  • Lowenstein Family Supporting Foundation
  • Polsky Family Charitable Foundation
Feb. 24 – Legacy of Jedwabne Zoom Discussion

Inspired by Jan Gross’ book Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, this film tells a shocking and brutal story that was kept a secret in Poland for over 60 years.

February 24 at 6:30pm via Zoom

Inspired by Jan Gross’ book Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, this film tells a shocking and brutal story that was kept a secret in Poland for over 60 years. It tells the story of a pogrom in 1941 in Jedwabne, Poland and explores the implications of the past for present constructions and negotiations of personal, national and religious identity.

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March 24 – The Last of the Unjust Zoom Discussion

More than twenty-five years after Shoah, this Claude Lanzmann film reveals a little-known yet fundamental aspect of the Holocaust, and sheds light on the origins of the “Final Solution” like never before.

March 24 at 6:30pm via Zoom

A place: Theresienstadt. A unique place of propaganda which Adolf Eichmann called the “model ghetto”, designed to mislead the world and Jewish people regarding its real nature, to be the last step before the gas chamber. A man: Benjamin Murmelstein, last president of the Theresienstadt Jewish Council, a fallen hero condemned to exile, who was forced to negotiate day after day from 1938 until the end of the war with Eichmann, to whose trial Murmelstein wasn’t even called to testify. More than twenty-five years after Shoah, this Claude Lanzmann film reveals a little-known yet fundamental aspect of the Holocaust, and sheds light on the origins of the “Final Solution” like never before.

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April 21 – Line 41 Zoom Discussion

Line 41 documents a Holocaust and Lodz Ghetto survivor’s return back to today’s Lodz (Poland).

April 21 at 6:30pm via Zoom

Line 41 documents a Holocaust and Lodz Ghetto survivor’s return back to today’s Lodz (Poland). Until now, Grossmann had repressed his desire to learn about the fate of his brother he lost contact with in 1942. 70 years later, Grossmann starts a search for his missing brother. His search crosses paths with Jens-Jürgen Ventzki, son of the former Nazi Head Mayor of Lodz. Ventzki is pursuing his family’s dark secret. In tracing their family histories, they inevitably confront each other.

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May 12 – In the Monument Zoom Discussion

In the Monument examines the evolution of Holocaust inspired monument building in the last 70 years. With the help of world famous artists, scholars, architects we get to explore how monuments are made to endure and continue to resonate.

May 12 at 6:30pm via Zoom

In the Monument examines the evolution of Holocaust inspired monument building in the last 70 years. With the help of world famous artists, scholars, architects we get to explore how monuments are made to endure and continue to resonate. Monuments, just like other pieces of public art, need to evolve and be ready for change. Presenting the last stage of the design competition for the Canadian Holocaust Monument and six shortlisted proposals, we get behind the scenes of what it’s like to represent the Holocaust with art and design.

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To help defray costs of licensing fees and publicity, MCHE invites sponsorships of $150 for individual films and full series sponsorships of $500 (Supporter) and $1,000 (Patron). Those interested may make their commitments via PayPal, by mail, or by calling MCHE’s executive director, Jessica Rockhold, at 913-327-8191. Individual donations are appreciated.

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