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Featured Films

The Neuberger is excited to introduce its featured film series to the HEW2017 program line-up. This year’s theme, Pivotal Moments, is perfectly suited to the cinematic genre. Our film series consists of seven films which have been instrumental in shaping our understanding of the Holocaust. Register at the applicable link to join us for these featured programs. 

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Schindler's List (1993, 185 minutes) »

Monday, 30 October | 1:00 PM
Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
4600 Bathurst Street 4th floor | Toronto | 416–631–5689

 

Advanced registration required at schindlerslisthew2017.eventbrite.ca.

 

Steven Spielberg’s epic film garnered seven Oscars in 1994 and a bevy of other awards upon its release. Frequently cited by media specialists as one of the most influential films in bringing the subject of the Holocaust into the public sphere, Schindler’s List has become a classic with audiences around the world. Shot almost entirely in black and white, a dramatic stylistic decision, it ushered in a new era of Holocaust representation in cinema culture. It shaped public conceptualisation of the Holocaust across generations and continents. Following the critical and box office success of the film, Spielberg founded the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation with the goal of recording as many testimonies of Holocaust survivors as possible. Now known as the USC Shoah Foundation, it is a leader not only in archiving and preserving oral testimony but also in pioneering digital technologies to ensure the use of recorded testimony far into the future.

 

The film will include a short introduction by a member of the Neuberger education team. Light refreshments will be served; kashruth observed. 

 

This program is generously sponsored by Frieda & Larry Torkin and family in memory of Jennie & Frank Krystal.

 

Defiant Requiem: Voices Of Resistance (2012, 85 minutes) »

Sunday, 5 November | 7:30 PM
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
10268 Yonge Street | Richmond Hill

 

Advanced registration required at hew2017-defiantrequiem.eventbrite.ca
or by calling 905–771–5526.

 

Murry Sidlin’s poignant documentary re-imagines the way in which resistance and resiliency are understood. He deftly and sensitively recounts the story of how Rafael Schächter, a talented Czech-Jewish musician deported to Theresienstadt, worked to lead a performance of Verdi’s Requiem inside the camp. For the 150 concentration camp inmates who performed the Requiem 16 times between 1943 and 1944, music was an act of spiritual resistance to the degradation thrust upon them by the Nazis. Maestro Sidlin’s inspired documentary memorialises Rafael Schächter and his choir, ensuring that subsequent generations understand the power of the arts and music to inspire humanity during the darkest of times.


Murry Sidlin is the creator/conductor of Defiant Requiem: The Live Performance, which inspired the documentary. He introduces the film and contextualises the circumstances surrounding its creation.

 

Co-presented by Beit Rayim Synagogue in partnership with Town of Richmond Hill. This program is generously sponsored by The David and Rose Brown Endowment Fund at the Jewish Foundation.

Labyrinth of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens) (2014, 124 minutes) »

Monday, 6 November | 1:00 PM
Cineplex Odeon | Canada Square
2190 Yonge Street | Toronto | 416–631–5689

 

Advanced registration required at hew2017-labyrinthoflies.eventbrite.ca.

 

Set in Germany, 15 years after the end of the Second World War, a young public prosecutor encounters a conspiracy of silence as he attempts to uncover the truth about Auschwitz, and the extent to which ordinary Germans were involved. Only the Prosecutor General, Fritz Bauer, encourages the young prosecutor in his quest to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. This award-winning film directed by Giulio Ricciarelli is riveting in its portrayal of the complexities of life in postwar West Germany, a pivotal period in coming to terms with the National Socialist past.


Dr. Carolyn Kay, professor of modern German History at Trent University, will contextualise the film and answer questions.

 

This program is generously sponsored by Naomi Rifkind Mansell & David Mansell and family in honour and recognition of Joyce Rifkind.

Secrets Of Survival (2017, 83 minutes) »

Monday, 6 November | 7:30 PM
Beth David Synagogue
55 Yeomans Road | Toronto
416–633–5500

 

Advanced registration required at secretsofsurvivalhew2017.eventbrite.ca.

 

The heartfelt account of two families whose quests to discover the truth behind closely guarded family secrets leads them on journeys across continents. Malka Rosenbaum’s parents survived the Holocaust in hiding in Poland. As a university student growing up in Toronto, she learned that she was not truly an only child; her parents had a daughter before the Holocaust. Jürgen Ulloth discovers that his father, a German veteran of the Second World War, is not his biological father. The discovery of these familial secrets reflects a deeper understanding not only about oneself but also about the reverberations of the Holocaust and the Second World War across generations and across continents. Following the screening, Martin Himel and Malka Rosenbaum will discuss their roles in the production of the film.

 

This program is generously sponsored by the Rapoport and Rosenthal families in honour of Mania Rapoport and in memory of Jack Rapoport, both Holocaust survivors.

The People Vs Fritz Bauer (Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer) (2015, 105 minutes) »

Tuesday, 7 November | 1:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West | Toronto
416–631–5689

 

Advanced registration required at thepeoplevsfritzbauerhew2017.eventbrite.ca.

 

This multi-award winning historical drama directed by Lars Kraume details the story of Fritz Bauer, the man who brought high-ranking German Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice. Based on real people and events, the film explores the challenges that Bauer, a German Jew, serving as an attorney general in West Germany in 1957 encountered. Tasked with tracking down former Nazi officials, he is increasingly thwarted by those around him who are still sympathetic to National Socialism. Among the host of awards the film received are six German Film Awards, a German Screen Actors Award, and the Audience Award at the 2016 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.


Following the screening, Dr. Rebecca Wittmann, Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto, will conduct a talk back with the audience.


This program is generously sponsored by Sally & Mark Zigler in honour of their parents Fanny & Bernard Dov Laufer and Etty & Salo Zigler.

1945 (2017, 91 minutes) »

Tuesday, 7 November | 7:30 PM
Beth Tikvah Synagogue
3080 Bayview Avenue | Toronto
416–221–3433

 

Advanced registration required at 1945filmhew2017.eventbrite.ca.


The cinematic adaptation of Gábor T Szántó’s short story Homecoming is co-produced by the Hungarian Film Fund and by the Claims Conference (New York).
Award-winning director Ferenc Török poignantly captures a pivotal moment in the history of the Holocaust in Hungary when villagers must confront their past actions during the Second World War. As the narrative unfolds, the return of two Orthodox Jewish men upsets the order of the village with far reaching consequences. Some villagers fear that more survivors will return, while others fear they will have to return property and items from Jewish homes. Filmed in black and white, the result is a haunting account of the immediate postwar period in Hungary that also played out in other parts of Europe.


Hungarian film director Ferenc Török received the Béla Balázs Award, a state recognition for outstanding achievement in filmmaking. Török is a member of the European Film Academy. He will introduce the film and be available to answer questions post-screening.


This program is generously sponsored by the Consulate General of Hungary in Toronto; by Morris, Louis and Garry Greenbaum and family; and by Joyce & Aaron Rifkind and family.

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015, 96 minutes) »

Second Screening Added!
Wednesday, 8 November | 3:30 PM
Barbara Frum Library
20 Covington Road | Toronto
416–395–5440

Advanced registration required at whatourfathersdid-2-hew2017.eventbrite.ca.

 

First Screening 
Wednesday, 8 November | 1:00 PM
Barbara Frum Library
20 Covington Road | Toronto
416–395–5440

 

Advanced registration required at whatourfathersdidhew2017.eventbrite.ca.


Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter, each the son of high ranking Nazi officers, are the focus of this haunting documentary directed by David Evans. Their attempts to reconcile their fathers’ complicity in the Holocaust, each of whom was directly involved in the mass murders of Jews, is explored in discussion with Franco-British human rights lawyer Philippe Sands. The film was the recipient of the Avner Shalev Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival.


Social historian Dr. Paula Draper will introduce the film and be available to answer questions after the screening. HEW will officially launch on November 2 in conversation with Niklas Frank.

Generously sponsored by the Sam & Gitta Ganz Family Foundation, proud supporters of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre and the important work being done towards making the world a better place.