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2016-17 Common Read/Common World Events


Fall 2016

“Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors Through Photography and Art”

On Display all Fall Semester at the USA Archaeology Museum

Featuring stories of 20 Alabama Holocaust survivors.  Partnering with the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 6, 3pm - 5pm

“Filming The Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg” An exhibition by the Memorial de la Shoah, Paris, France

On Display August 29 - January 16 at The History Museum of Mobile

Featuring the stories of three film directors – John Ford, Samuel Fuller, and George Stevens – as they documented Nazi atrocities during WWII. The exhibit includes 14 LCD screens which display footage shot at the concentration camps, as well as vignettes with the filmmakers who struggle to cope with the impact and meaning of the horrific scenes they encountered.

Museum Admission: Adults $10, Children 13 – 17 $7.50

The History Museum of Mobile



September 7 – The Holocaust in Memory and History


The four lectures will be by David Meola, Dept. of History; Kristina Busse, Dept. of Philosophy; Tatiana Prorokova, Visiting Scholar Center for the Study of War and Memory; Colette Windish, Spring Hill College

9:00am - 3:30pm; Seamen’s Bethel, USA Campus

Keynote – Brad Prager 

Professor of German and an active member of the Program in Film Studies.  Areas of research include Film History and Contemporary German Cinema, Holocaust Studies, and the art and literature of German Romanticism.

 7:00pm - Faculty Club, USA Campus

September 14 – Gary Scovil: Learning Lunch – History Museum of Mobile.

Discussion with film producer of “We Remember”

12:00pm - 1:00pm; History Musesum of Mobile

September 24 – “From Hollywood to Nuremberg: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens.”

A film screening followed by a discussion with director and curator Christian Delage organized by the Memorila de la Shoah

7:00pm – History Museum of Mobile

September 26 - Film Screening: "Memory of the Camps"

This film was to document the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps as evidence of their existence for both present and future generations. In the summer of 1945 the British Government ordered work on the film to stop, and it lay unseen and incomplete until its rediscovery in the British Imperial War Museum in the 1980s. Discusson to follow film. More information contact Richard Ward at 251.380.2819

7:00pm - Marx Library, University of South Alabama




October 18 – “Alabama & the Holocaust”

with Dan Puckett, Alabama Holocaust Commission

7:00pm – Spring Hill College Student Center/LeBlanc

October 20 – “The Mitzva Project”

A one-person play that dramatically explores one of the most shocking stories of the Second World War. “The Mitzvah” reveals the startling history of tens of thousands of “partial Jews” who served in Hitler’s military. Nearly all were sent to forced labor camps. However, a few thousand who had an “Aryan appearance” and who were deemed by the Reich to be “valuable to the war effort” were exempt from the Nazi race laws and allowed them to fight for the Nazi cause. Most died in battle.  Performed by actor (and child of survivor) Roger Grunwald seamlessly transforms himself into an array of characters to tell their story.

7:00pm – Spring Hill College Mitchell Theater

October 23 – Imaginary Witness. Film Series

2:00pm – 4:00pm; Spring Hill College Student Center/LeBlanc

October 24 – “Photographs from a Train Near Madgeburg”

with Matt Rozell

11:00am – 12:30pm; University of Mobile, Ram Hall

October 25 – “Reflections on a Concentration Camp: Encountering Bergen-Belsen”

with David Meola

6:30pm - Mobile Public Library, Bernheim Hall




November 13 – Night and Fog - Film Series

2:00pm – 4:00pm; Spring Hill College, Student Center/LeBlanc

November 15 – “The British Dimension: Filming the Liberation of Bergen-Belson in April 1945”

with Paul Bartrop

7:00pm - University of South Alabama, Marx Library Auditorium

November 17 – Conversations on Holocaust Liberation and Rescue

Conversation with an American who participated in the Liberation of one of the camps

6:00pm - First Baptist Church of Mobile



December 4 - Son of Saul - Film Series

Collaboration with Mobile Jewish Film Festival

2:00pm – 4:00pm; Spring Hill College, Lebanc

December 8 – Memories of Agnes Tennenbaum

7:00pm - Congregation Ahavas Chesed



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