CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Nov. 3, 1999
Beginning of Holocaust commemorated with film, discussion
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five Hungarian survivors of Hitlers
infamous genocidal killings journey back to their hometowns and to the places
where they faced the Holocaust and witnessed systemic murders in the film
"The Last Days," to be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, Room
106, Gilmore Hall. The films showing commemorates the 61st anniversary
of "Kristallnacht," the beginning of the Nazi Holocaust against
Jewish peoples, and is presented by the local chapter of Hillel: The Foundation
for Jewish Campus Life located at the Aliber-Hillel Jewish Student Center
at the University of Iowa.
The films showing is also part of a nationwide
screening that will take place on college campuses. "The Last Days,"
released in 1998 and produced by Steven Spielberg, June Beallor, and Ken Lipper,
received an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
David Shoenbaum, professor, department of history,
will lead a post-screening student discussion designed to engage students
in a dialogue about the issues that inspired the making of the film.
In a prepared statement, Spielberg says he hopes students
of this and future generations continue to engage in a discussion about the
consequences of bigotry and hatred. Spielberg established Survivors of the
Shoah Visual History Foundation in 1994 to videotape and archive interviews
with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. Information about the
foundations efforts can be found at its Web site, www.vhf.org.
For additional information about the event, contact
Gerald Sorokin, director, Aliber-Hillel Jewish Center, at (319) 338-0778.