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Colloquium with Dr. Natascha Drubek: "How a Nazi Concentration Camp Became a Film Set"
Start Date: 1/28/2014Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 1/28/2014End Time: 5:00 PM
Event Description:
Graduate students and faculty are invited to join the Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures for a colloquium with scholar Dr. Natascha Drubek.

"How a Nazi Concentration Camp Became a Film Set: The Case of Theresienstadt 1942-1945"
Colloquium with Dr. Natascha Drubek
Tuesday, January 28 @ 3:30PM
Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff welcome
Please RSVP to
by Friday, January 24 for location and pre-circulated readings

In his authoritative book, Theresienstadt, 1941-1945: The Face of a Coerced Society, Holocaust survivor H.G. Adler referred to the ghetto-camp Theresienstadt as the "Hollywood of SS victims." Theresienstadt, a camp in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, was the only example of the German administration using a ghetto-camp used as a film set for a documentary made by its inhabitants. In this workshop, Dr. Drubek will look at two film projects in Theresienstadt between the summer of 1942 and March 1945. These films - commissioned and supervised by the SSwere made by professional film artists who were able to document the real ghetto and its inhabitants. They even produced and smuggled clandestine messages during the shoot. The larger goals of the two films' Jewish directors - Irena Dodalová from Prague, and Kurt Gerron from Berlin - emerged from quite divergent historical and cultural contexts. They also represent different ethical approaches to the perplexing opportunity for Jewish film professionals to make a film inside a Nazi concentration camp.

Natascha Drubek, PhD 
is a Heisenberg Fellow at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She completed her MA and PhD in Slavic Studies & History of Eastern Europe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich). Drubek was awarded a 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 Media
l at Boehlau Verlag, a Cologne based publishing house. Since 2003, Drubek has served as the editor of the "Film & Screen Media" section of Her recent book was published in 2012 under the title Russisches Licht. Voc der Ikone zum frühen 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 Museum, Washington DC.
Dr. Drubek's visit 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 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.
Her visit is made possible 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.
Contact Information:
Name: Jamie Polliard
Phone: 303-492-7143
Film und Wirklichkeit
This event is open to
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Graduate Students
  • Ticket information:
    Please RSVP to by Friday, January 24. Location and readings will be provided with confirmation of RSVP. Space is limited.

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