WWII Initiative Film Festival

Two Recent Films on the Holocaust

Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Robert M. Gates Ballroom, Room 2400, Memorial Student Center (MSC), Texas A&M University
The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Saviors in the Night (Unter Bauern)
Q&A at 4:30 p.m. with director Ludi Boeken.

5:30 – 7 p.m.
La Rafle (The Roundup)
Q&A at 9:00 p.m. with French journalist Annette Levy-Willard and Glasscock Center director Richard J. Golsan.

About the Films

Saviors in the Night posterSaviors in the Night (Unter Bauern)

Directed by Ludi Boeken
Based on the Best-selling Memoirs “Retter in der Nacht” by Marga Spiegel
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Saviors in the Night (2011) is based on the best-selling memoirs of Holocaust survivor, Marga Spiegel. In 1965 Speigel published a narrative of her memories of the courageous farmers in Münsterland, Germany who hid Spiegel and her family during Nazi occupation from 1943-1945. The Aschoff family provided protection and risked everything to protect their neighbors from deportation and certain death. Saviors in the Night honors these silent heroes by telling the story of survival and humanity.

La Rafle posterLa Rafle (The Roundup)

Written and Directed by Rose Bosch
Starr ing Jean Reno, Mélanie Laurent, Gad Elmaleh, and Raphäelle Agogué
Produced by Ilan Goldman
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In the summer of 1942 Hitler orders the French government to round up its Jews to be sent to the extermination camps. La Rafle is a true retelling the events of the 1942 “Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup,” starring Jean Reno and Mélanie Laurent. This film depicts Jewish families living their lives as best they can in Paris amidst the rumors that they will soon be sent east. “With a meticulously constructed script based on extensive research and first-hand accounts, writer/director Rose Bosch brings to the screen one of the most moving dramas of the year.” – Menemsha Films

Photos © Manemsha Films

Event supported in part by the France/Texas A&M University Institute (Centre Pluridisciplinaire).

About the “World War II and its Global Legacies” Initiative

The “World War II and its Global Legacies” Initiative is a two-year program sponsored by the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research focusing on World War II, its history and consequences, as well as its global impact on international law, national memory and identity, and the humanities. To that end, the Glasscock Center will host lectures, conferences, workshops and film screenings to help students, faculty, and the general public better understand the events and implications of the conflict. World War II and its outcomes continue to shape our lives today, particularly through global efforts aimed at recognizing and supporting human rights.

Given its past and military traditions, Texas A&M University is an ideal institution to host this initiative, and assume a leading, permanent role nationally and internationally in fostering the study and teaching of World War II and its
Global Legacies.