Holocaust Film Series

March 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – In recognition of April as Holocaust Remembrance Month, the Spartanburg Holocaust Commemoration Committee will host a series of four films at the University of South Carolina Upstate.  Each film will be shown at 7:00 p.m. in Tukey Theatre. A question and answer will be held at the conclusion of each film, featuring an academic panel.

Monday, April 4
“Swimming in Auschwitz”

The interwoven stories of six women provide a glimpse into life, spirit and survival at the notorious concentration camp, Auschwitz. One of the glaring omissions in the ongoing study of the events of the Holocaust is the experiences of women in the concentration camps. While subject to the same physical conditions as the men, and many of the same physical hardships, the ways in which women convey their memories is a stark contrast to most male testimonies. A strong focus on family and friendship, on faith and spirituality of all kinds become focal points.  “Swimming in Auscwitz” is co-sponsored by the English Department and the panel will include Dr. Celena Kusch, assistant professor of English.

Wednesday, April 6
“Bonhoeffer” 

Portrait of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who was imprisoned and killed by the Nazis for plotting to assassinate Hitler, conveys the essence of a man and his world. Bonhoeffer’s life is lyrically presented, with his friends and family shedding light on his breakaway seminary, his travels to America and Harlem, his calls to change the world for better, and his noble attempts to respond to Nazi Germany as a Christian. “Bonhoeffer” is co-sponsored by the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies. The panel will include Dr. Rob McCormick, associate professor of history, and Ron Leonard, adjunct instructor of religion.

Monday, April 11
“Nora’s Will”

This story begins when Jose finds out that Nora, the woman he’d been married to for 30 years and then divorced, has committed suicide. The rabbi explains to Jose that due to the celebration of the Passover festivities, together with a few other factors, if Nora is not buried that same day, they will have to wait almost five days to be able to carry out the burial. It turns out that before she died, Nora devised a Machiavellian plan in order for him to take care of her funeral. But she missed something. A mysterious photograph left under the bed will lead to an unexpected outcome, which will remind us that sometimes the greatest love stories are hidden in the smallest places. “Nora’s Will” is co-sponsored by The Department of Languages, Literature and Composition and the panel will include Dr. Shannon Polchow, assistant professor of Spanish.

Tuesday, April 26
“Imaginary Witness:  Hollywood and the Holocaust”

This documentary examines Hollywood’s portrayal of the Holocaust over a 60-year period. One of the defining tragedies of the modern age, the mass murder of six million Jews was at first greeted with silence by the film industry, before being portrayed in an increasingly explicit fashion. With a wealth of film clips and a panel of industry insiders at its disposal, the film tackles the complex ethical questions and moral dilemmas that go along with representing an event of unspeakable horror. “Imaginary Witness” is co-sponsored by the Languages, Literature and Composition and the panel will include Dr. Peter Caster, chair of the Department of Languages, Literature and Composition and associate professor of English.

 For additional information, contact Dr. Rob McCormick, associate professor of history at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5723 or rmccormick@uscupstate.edu.