6:30 PM–8:30 PM East Gallery, Buell Hall
Jérôme Prieur, 2014, 84 min.
U.S. premiere followed by Q & A with director Jérôme Prieur and historian Robert O. Paxton
Film in English
This new documentary by talented filmmaker Jérôme Prieur follows the life and times of Hélène Berr, a young French Jewish woman who lived in Paris with her family during the Occupation until she was arrested in March 1944 and sent to Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen, where she died in April 1945. She kept a journal during the war that remained private until it was published in 2008, becoming widely read, translated into 25 languages, studied in French schools, and treated in several exhibitions. This documentary (never before shown in the U.S.) has just received the award for best French television documentary in 2014 from the Syndicat Français de la Critique de cinéma et des films de télévision. Robert O. Paxton is Mellon Professor Emeritus at Columbia University and the author of several works, most notably, Vichy France (1972).
Funding for this event is provided by the Knapp Family Foundation