Ghetto Theresienstadt, 1942

Between Resistance and Compliance: The Ambivalent Bequest of the Theresienstadt “Ghetto“ Films

Lecture by Natascha Drubek
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:00pm

Note location: Logan Center 801

More than 20 film items showing Central and Eastern European “ghettos” established by Nazi occupiers in World War II exist, but this highly sensitive and varied footage has not been studied as a whole nor set within a historical perspective.  This body of work varies from Wochenschau (Poland, September 1939) to the infamous Theresienstadt film (Bohemia, March 1945), which for decades circulated under the ironic, yet unofficial title of The Führer Gives the Jews a City and displays the compliance of many “ghetto” inhabitants including the “Jewish Elders." Natascha Drubek will present this last “ghetto” film alongside an earlier and little-known film on the Theresienstadt project as countervailing examples of compliance and resistance via film.

Natascha Drubek is Heisenberg Fellow at the University of Regensburg. She received her MA and PhD in Slavic Studies and Eastern European History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Parallel to her university career she took up studying film at the Filmmuseum in Munich, where she also curated film series. She was awarded several grants, among them the Feodor-Lynen Research Grant (Humboldt-Stiftung) and the Marie Curie Fellowship at the Film School FAMU in Prague with the project Hypertextual Film Presentation. She is co-editor of the series “Osteuropa Medial,” published by Böhlau and the Film & Screen Media section of (U of California). Her book, Russisches Licht, was published in 2012.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of History and the Department of Slavic Literature and Languages.