Educator Workshop: Film and Archives of WWII and the Holocaust

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Sun, 08/23/2015 - 9:45am to 5:00pm
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

A free one-day workshop for teachers and educators organized by the Mémorial de la Shoah and hosted by the Atlanta History Center, with the support of the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, the Embassy of France in the United States, the Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, the Breman Museum, and SNCF.

This workshop is organized in conjunction with the presentation of “Filming the Camps, from Hollywood to Nuremberg: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens” at the Atlanta History Center, an exhibition curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF.

Participating teachers will receive a Certificate of Attendance/Course Completion Form for seven (7) contact hours.


Click here for the program flyer. | Click here to learn more about the exhibit.


9:45am–10:00am > Registration
Coffee, tea, and breakfast snacks will be provided.

10:00am–11:00pm > “A First in History: Film as Evidence in the Nuremberg Trials”
Christian Delage’s lecture will focus on the double role that film played in the Nuremberg trials. When the Allied forces of World War II formed an international tribunal to prosecute Nazi war crimes, they introduced two major innovations to court procedure. The prosecution projected film footage and newsreels shot by British, Soviet, and American soldiers as they discovered Nazi camps. These images, presented as human testimony and material evidence, were instrumental in naming and prosecuting war crimes. At the same time, the Nuremberg tribunal was filmed so that the memory of “the greatest trial in history” would remain strong in future generations.

11:00am–12:00pm > Visit of the exhibition
Guided tour by curator Christian Delage.

12:00pm–1:00pm > Lunch Break
Lunch boxes and beverages will be provided.

1:00pm–2:30pm > “Collecting Archives of the Holocaust: from the CDJC to the Mémorial de la Shoah”
Lecture by Jacques Fredj, who will give a broad historical context and introduce the Mémorial de la Shoah’s mission since the creation of the CDJC, the Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation, in 1943.

2:30pm–4:00pm > “The First Documentary about the Rescue of the Jews in France”
Lecture by Pierre Sauvage, who will introduce and screen his film Weapons of the Spirit (1989, short version, 35 min). While 76,000 Jews of France were deported with the collaboration of the Vichy Government, 75% of the Jews of France survived the Holocaust, largely thanks to the French population. Weapons of the Spirit presents a chapter of the rescue of Jews in France during Nazi occupation; it recounts the exceptional history of the village of Chambon-sur-Lignon and its area, which took in and saved as many as 5,000 Jews.

4:00pm–5:00pm > “A French-Jewish Hidden Child’s Testimony”
Lecture by Manuela Mendels Bornstein, who survived in hiding with her family in the Southwest of France under the Vichy Regime.