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Film expert to survey Shoah-themed works
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Film expert to survey Shoah-themed works

“Defiance” (2008), about the Bielski Brothers partisans’ rescue of hundreds of Jews in Nazi-occupied Belarus.
“Defiance” (2008), about the Bielski Brothers partisans’ rescue of hundreds of Jews in Nazi-occupied Belarus.

DR. ERIC GOLDMAN of Teaneck, noted expert on Jewish and Israeli film, will present a two-part program, “Reflecting and Affecting Memory: Cinema as Haggadah for the Holocaust,” at Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell in November.

Using film clips, Goldman will explore how cinema has reflected memories and experiences of the Holocaust and how it affects and shapes understanding of the Shoah.

Even before World War II ended, filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe began representing the Holocaust on film. Western Europe and Hollywood avoided the subject matter for nearly 15 years after the war. It was only in the early 1970s that French filmmakers began exploring the Shoah, and some of the initial reactions were caustic. In Israel, the first feature that dealt with survivors was made only in 1979. Among the works Goldman will discuss are the plethora of Holocaust films being made in the last dozen years in Germany and Poland.

An adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University, Goldman is the author of “The American Jewish Story through Cinema” and served as cohost with Robert Osborne on the Turner Classic Movies TV network series “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film” in 2014.

Part I: 1944-1990 will take place Thursday, Nov. 15; Part II: 1990 to the Present, Thursday, Nov. 29, both 7-9 p.m. Call 973-226-3600 or visit Agudath.org for more information.

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