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January 27, 2012
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Alexis Pogorelskin | Associate Professor | Department of History | 218 726-7548 |

"The Holocaust: Resistance and Survival"

A series of films portraying the Nazi oppression

"The Mortal Storm," the first Hollywood film to portray Nazi oppression, opens the UMD spring semester film series, The Holocaust: Resistance and Survival.

The films will be shown at 3:30 pm in Montague 70 on five Thursdays: February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 1, 2012. Alexis Pogorelskin, UMD associate professor of history, will present an introduction about each film. An informal discussion will follow.

The schedule includes "The Mortal Storm" on February 2, "Casablanca" on February 9, "The Pianist" on February 16, "Defiance" on February 23 and "Schindler's List" on March 1.

There is no admission charge and the public is invited.

The series is presented by the Center for Genocide, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies---, and the History of Hollywood class, HIST 3346.

The series is co-sponsored by the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies and the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration. This film series shares the goal of the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration "to remember, with dignity, the lives and sufferings of the victims and to encourage change through the dissemination of truth, justice, and peace."

Additional Information About the Films

"The Mortal Storm"
February 2

One of the first directly anti-Nazi movies released before America's entry into WWII. It features Jimmy Stewart as the lone voice of sanity in pre-War Germany. The portrayal of Germany is quite accurate for 1940. The prosecution of intellectuals and Jews, the climate of fear and suspicion, and the mass hysteria are all present. (1940) 102 minutes

February 9

Casablanca is set in northern Africa during World War II. Ingrid Bergman is the lost love of Humphrey Bogart - and he must help her and her husband (the leader of the resistance movement) escape the Nazis through Morocco. (1942) 102 minutes

"The Pianist"
February 16

This film tells the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew and concert pianist, who witnessed the Nazi invasion of Warsaw, eluded the Nazi death camps, and survived throughout World War II by hiding among the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto. (2002) 150 minutes.

"Schindler's List"
February 23

This Academy Award-winning picture presents the true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer, and war profiteer who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. (1993) 185 minutes

March 1

Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants. (2008) 137 minutes

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