Film and Talkback with the Neuberger's Daniel Panneton
“Soaps,” (Sabonim), from Israeli director Eyal Ballas, explores the widely-believed “soap myth,” that Nazi Germany mass produced soap from the bodies of their Jewish victims. Scholars of the Holocaust do not believe that the Nazis produced soap from human remains, but this has not stopped the myth from becoming both an integral aspect of Holocaust memory and a dangerous tool for deniers. Through interviews with experts, academics, and Holocaust survivors, the film explores the roots and meaning of this infamous myth (56 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles, 2013).
Following the screening, Daniel Panneton, Education & Programs Assistant at the Neuberger, will discuss the relevance of the myth today and the importance of combating it, sharing some ideas and tools to protect the memory of the Holocaust against denial and distortion into the future.