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Rosenberg Film Series

The 2017 Sunday Afternoon Film Series is generously sponsored by Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg.
  • All screenings are free of charge and begin at 1:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
  • Films will be in English unless otherwise noted.
  • All events take place at the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center, 12 Millstone Campus Drive.
  • Please RSVP to each film by calling 314-442-3711 or by emailing
  • For more information, call 314-442-3714 or email


2017 Films

There will be no film in May or December because of holidays.

January  29

The Debt
Directed by John Madden
USA, 2010, 113 minutes

Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Jessica Chastain star in this intense thriller about three Mossad agents who pursue a Nazi war criminal in the 1960s, with repercussions in their lives thirty years later.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Robert A. Cohn, Editor–in-Chief Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light.

February 26

Jealous of the Birds – St. Louis Premiere!
Directed by Jordan Bahat
USA, 2011, 78 minutes

This documentary focuses on the emotional history of a small community of Holocaust survivors who remained in Frankfurt, Germany after liberation from Nazi death camps, and asks the question, “Why would a survivor chooses to remain in Germany—shoulder to shoulder with their perpetrators?” 

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by  Dr. Zvi Tannenbaum, former Professor of History at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and current teacher at Block Yeshiva High School. Dr.  Tannenbaum, who received his Ph.D. at Stanford University is also a founding member of the Holocaust Educators and Academic Roundtable of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Kansas City.

March 26

Judgment In Hungary – US Premiere!
Directed by Eszter Hajdu
Hungary, 2013, 108 minutes
Hungarian with English subtitles

Filmmaker Eszter Hajdú spent three years following the trial of four men charged with killing Roma children and adults, motivated by “racial hatred.” The filmmaker and her crew documented the 167 days of hearings in this intense, award-winning  drama set in a small court room in Hungary.

Introductory remarks and post screening discussion facilitated by Pier Marton (, presently the “Unlearning Specialist” at the School of No Media. Besides Yad Vashem, he has lectured on his artwork at the Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum and the Walker Art Center. He has taught at several major U.S. universities. Marton’s father, photographer Ervin Marton, was in the French Résistance.

April 30

Toyland (Spielzeugland)
Directed by Jochen Alexander Fredank
Germany, 2008, 14 minutes
German with English subtitles

In this Academy award winning film, a German mother misleads her son about where the Nazis are sending their Jewish neighbors, including the young boy’s best friend.

Torte Bluma
Directed by Benjamin Ross
USA, 2005, 22 minutes

This sobering film was inspired by a real-life episode in the life of Franz Stangl, the German commandant at the Treblinka Extermination Camp, and the Jewish prisoner who cooks his meals. Starring Stellan Skarsgård and Simon McBurney.

Directed by Lukasz Konopa
UK, 2012, 7 minutes
Ambient sound only

This short, powerful film documents contemporary life in Auschwitz. In an observation from dusk till dawn, it portrays the “theatre of everyday life” around the grim confines and captures the energies and activities of a world fascinated by this infamous killing center.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Erin McGlothlin, Associate Professor of German and Jewish Studies at Washington University. Dr. McGlothlin’s main research interests are German-Jewish literature and the literature of the Holocaust. In 2006, she published Second Generation Holocaust Literature: Legacies of Survival and Perpetration.

No film in May

June 25

Directed by Christian Petzold
Germany, 2014, 98 minutes
In German with English subtitles

A brilliant performance by Nina Hoss and stunning cinematography mark this complex film about a woman disfigured during the Holocaust, who returns to Germany, assumes another identity, and  seeks to discover if the man she loved betrayed her.

Introductory remarks and post screening discussion  facilitated by Jennifer Kapczynski, Associate Professor of German, Washington University. Dr. Kapczynski’s research focuses primarily on 20th century German film. She is the author of The GermanPatient: Crisis and Recovery in Postwar Culture (2008) and the co-editor of two books: A New History of German Cinema (2012), and Persistent Legacy: The Holocaust and German Studies (2016).

July 30

Karski & the Lords of Humanity – St. Louis Premiere!
Directed by Slawomir Grünberg
USA, 2015, 72 minutes

This powerful documentary, interspersed with graphic animation, tells the story of Jan Karski, the Polish underground courier who traveled across occupied Europe to inform the Allied powers of Nazi war crimes against the Jews of Europe in an effort to prevent the Holocaust. Karski carried his dreadful eye witness report to Britain and the United States, hoping that it would  shake the conscience  of the powerful leaders, or—as he would call them—the “Lords of Humanity.”

Introductory speaker to be determined. Generous support for this screening provided by Saint Louis Polonia Inc.

August 27

Directed by James L. Freedman
USA, 2013, 88 minutes

This powerful documentary paints an illuminating portrait of Marty Glickman. Prevented from competing in the 1936 Olympics because of his Jewish faith, he overcame prejudice to forge a remarkable career in sports, setting the gold standard for athletes and sports broadcasters past, present and future.

Introductory remarks by Andrew Goldfeder, Manager of Programs and Logistics, HMLC.

No film in September

October 29

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy
Directed by David Evan
USA, 2015, 96 minutes

In this powerful documentary human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, who lost much of his own family to the Holocaust, travels across Europe with two men whose fathers were senior Nazi officers. The three men wrestle with their past and conflicting versions of the truth.

Introductory remarks and post screening discussion facilitated  by Brad Prager, Professor of Film Studies and German at the University of Missouri. His research areas include Film History, Contemporary German Cinema and Holocaust Studies. His publications include the recent book After the Fact: The Holocaust in Twenty-First Century Documentary Film (2015) as well as a book on the German director Werner Herzog, and an edited volume entitled Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory (2008).

November 26

A Brivele der Mamen (A Letter to Mother) – St. Louis Premiere!
Directed by Joseph Green
Poland, 1939, 106 minutes
In Yiddish with English subtitles

This tale of family disintegration and poverty serves as a metaphor for the displacements facing European Jewry at that time. One of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion, the film tells the story of a mother’s persistent efforts to support her family in pre-WWI Polish Ukraine and the family’s eventual immigration to the United States in search of a brighter future.

Introductory remarks and a post screening discussion will be facilitated by Diane Everman, Archivist and Curator of the exhibition, “Untold Sacrifices: The St. Louis Jewish Community in the Great War.”