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Public Lecture with Dr. Natascha Drubek:"Media Wars and the Invisible Holocaust"
Start Date: 1/28/2014Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 1/28/2014End Time: 9:30 PM
Event Description:
Join the Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures for a public lecture with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum fellow,  Dr. Natascha Drubek.

"Media Wars and the Invisible Holocaust: An Examination of Films Made at Majdanek and Theresienstadt 1944-1945"
Tuesday, January 28 @ 7:30PM
Atlas Center 100
Free and Open to the Public

RSPVs are Appreciated. Please RSVP to

The summer of 1944 saw Soviet forces lead a surprisingly quick advance West during Operation Bagration, a forward movement that led to the liberation of Majdanek, an almost intact extermination camp close to the Polish city of Lublin on July 23, 1944. The horrors they found inside the 'death factory' were described in articles, captured in photos and filmed by Soviet and Polish camera crews. In this lecture, Dr. Drubek will examine how the incontrovertible evidence of Nazi atrocities was an unexpected blow to the Nazi leadership, which had worked hard to hide all the traces of the death camps and ghettos in the East. As a response, the German propaganda machine struck back by producing its own film showing 'happy' Jewish life in a ghetto guarded by the SS. In an unexpected and macabre twist, German film producers invited a Jewish comedian to take a leading role in the film.

Natascha Drubek, PhD
is a Heisenberg Fellow at the University of Regensburg, Germany.  She holds an MA and PhD in Slavic Studies and History of Eastern Europe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.  She was awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship at the Film School FAMU in Prague with the project "Hypertextual Film Presentation" ( She is also the co-editor of the series Osteuropa Medial at Boehlau Verlag, a Cologne based publishing house. Since 2003, Drubek has served as the editor for the Film & Screen Media section of  Her most recent book was published in 2012 under the title Russisches Licht. Von der Ikone zum fruhen sowjetischen Kino (Russian Light: From the Icon to Early Soviet Cinema).  Dr. Drubek is currently a fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Dr. Drubek's coincides with the United Nations' International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is January 27 and commemorates the anniversary of the Soviet liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. With the creation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005, every member nation of the U.N. has an obligation to honor the memory of Holocaust victims and develop educational programs as part of an international resolve to help prevent future acts of genocide. Dr. Drubek's
visit is sponsored by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by a grant from the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund. 
Location Information:
Main Campus - ATLAS Center  (View Map)
1125 18th Street
Boulder, CO
Room: 100
Contact Information:
Name: Jamie Polliard
Phone: 303-492-7143
Battle of Media
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  • Ticket information:
    Free and open to the public but RSVPs are appreciated. Please email or call the Program in Jewish Studies at 303.492.7143.

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