Spring Hill College will host a series of events as part of “Filming the Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg,” an exhibition from the Mémorial de la Shoah and currently on loan to the History Museum of Mobile through January 16, 2017. The events, which include lectures, a live theatrical performance and films, are part of a larger series hosted throughout the Mobile area.
Dr. Dan Puckett, chair of the Alabama Holocaust Commission will deliver “Alabama & the Holocaust,” a feature lecture, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.18, 2016. Roger Grunwald’s theatrical performance of “The Mitzvah Project” will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20. The Mitzvah Project is a combination of theater, history lesson and conversation in which actor and child of survivor, Roger Grunwald, explores one of the most shocking aspects of the Jewish experience during the Second World War. After the lecture, Grunwald will lead a discussion with the audience on a number of socio-historical issues.
The college will also show the film “Imaginary Witness” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the student center, with a discussion immediately following the event.
The film “Night and Fog” will be shown on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. and the film “Son of Saul” will be presented in collaboration with the Mobile Jewish Film Festival at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Lectures and film showings will take place in the LeBlanc Ballroom of the Spring Hill College student center, with Grunwald’s performance taking place at the Mitchell Theater on its campus.
“Filming the Camps,” curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, was designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, France, and made possible through the generous support of SNCF (French National Railways). The exhibit focuses on the stories and reflections of three film directors who documented Nazi atrocities at concentration camps and other locations during WWII.
Colette Windish, PhD, professor of French and chair of Spring Hill College’s Department of Languages, will give the bilingual presentation “Si Vichy m'était conté...: du Chagrin et la pitié à Un village français," or "Once Upon a Time in Vichy France...: from The Sorrow and the Pity to Un Village Français” on Sunday, October 2, at 2 pm in Spring Hill’s Gautrelet Room. Delivered in conjunction with the Alliance francaise of Mobile, the presentation will examine a shift in the way the French think and speak about the Vichy period today.
Events on the Spring Hill College campus are free of charge and open to the public.
For a complete list of events around Mobile, please visit the Museum of Mobile’s website at http://www.museumofmobile.com/filming-the-camps.