FILM SCREENING: HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN THE GDR
April 25, 2017 - New York City
The Wasserman Jewish Studies Center, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office invite the public to a screening of and discussion about the documentary film “Chronicle of a Return: Life Paths of Jews in the GDR” (USA/Germany/Czech Republic, 1989/93).
The film documents a decisive moment for Germany and Europe, when German Jews who had left Germany during the Nazi regime returned to what would later become the German Democratic Republic. For these returning refugees, East Germany became the anti-fascist alternative to Western capitalism, but with the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, and the subsequent unification of Germany on 1990, their sagas of exile and return seem to come to an end.
The audience will be presented with the compelling stories of two generations of Jews that reveal their multifaceted identities as Germans, Jews, and Communists, and how these historical events reshaped the way they understood and defined themselves under the unexpected circumstances of a reunited new Germany.
After the screening, join us for a post-film discussion featuring Jeffrey Peck (co-creator of “Chronicle of Return” and former Dean of Baruch’s Weissman College of Arts & Sciences), Frank Mecklenburg (Director of Research and Chief Archivist at Leo Baeck Institute), Albert Scharenberg (Co-director of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung —New York Office), and Katherine Pence (Associate Professor and Chair of German and women’s history at Baruch College). Jessica Lang (Associate Professor of English and Director of the Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College) will moderate.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue (entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.)
Free and open to the public.
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