Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and The Wiener Library, in association with the Insiders/Outsiders Festival and the German Screen Studies Network
|Speakers:||Professor Erica Carter, King’s College London and Dr Daniel Wildmann, Leo Baeck Institute London|
|Date:||Sun, Mar. 22, 2020||Time:||11:00am - 5:00pm|
|Venue:||Birkbeck, University of London, Room B34, Torrington Square main entrance, WC1E 7HX|
|Free event for all:|
This double bill of two rarely-screened films, produced in the era of Nazi power promises to be a thought-provoking and troubling event. A panel discussion about both films will follow the screening.
11.00 -11.15 Welcome
Jew Süss (1934), produced in Britain, was directed by Lothar Mendes and starred Conrad Veidt – both Germans who left the country shortly after the Nazis won power in 1933. It was an adaptation of the 1925 novel by Lion Feuchtwanger, about a wealthy Jew’s rise to power in eighteenth century Germany, driven by his hope of bettering the life of all Jews. The film was intended as a clear rebuke to Nazi antisemitism and to draw attention to Nazi atrocities, although arguably it is also troubling in its representation of Jews.