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Film: Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today, Doc Films, May 5

The University of Chicago Germanic Studies Department & Human Rights Program,
in association with Doc Films, proudly present the Chicago Sneak Preview of

*Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today (The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration)

*Made for the U. S. Departmen of War in 1946, this historic documentary about the first Nuremberg trial against leading Nazi officials was widely shown in Germany, but suppressed in the US.
“Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” depicts the most famous courtroom drama in modern times, and the first to make extensive use of film as evidence. It was also the first trial to be extensively documented, aurally and visually. All of the proceedings, which lasted for nearly 11 months, were recorded. And though the trial was filmed while it was happening, strict limits were placed on the Army Signal Corps cameramen by the Office of Criminal Counsel. In the end, they were permitted to film only about 25 hours over the entire course of the trial. This was to prove a great impediment for writer/director Stuart Schulberg, and his editor Joseph Zigman, when they were engaged to make the official film about the trial, in 1946, shortly after its conclusion.

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Remembering Victims of the Holocaust with concentration camp survivor Clemens C.J. Roothaan Ph.D., Rohr Chabad Jewish Center, May 6

Remembering Victims of the Holocaust

with concentration camp survivor

Clemens C.J.  Roothaan Ph.D.

Friday, May 6th at 8:30 PM

Rohr Chabad Jewish Center

5700 S. Woodlawn Ave

Clemens C.J. Roothaan was born in 1918 in Nijmegen, Holland.   As part of a non Jewish Dutch Resistance group, during World War II he was detained as a prisoner of war camp and then sent for a year to a concentration camp in Vught (Holland) and then sent to Sachsenhausen, outside of Berlin.  As the allies approached and the camp was shut down, Clemens was sent on a death march with the other inmates.

Clemens C.J. Roothaan is the Louis Block Professor Emeritus of Physics and Chemistry at theUniversity of Chicago and creator of the Roothaan Equations.

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Workshop: “Hans Kelsen’s Contribution to the Debate on the Punishment of War Criminals at the End of World War II,” Erika Tschinkel, Human Rights Workshop, April 12

Tuesday, April 12: Erika Tschinkel, PhD Student in the Department of History,
“Hans Kelsen’s Contribution to the Debate on the Punishment of War Criminals at
the End of World War II,” JHF Room (SSR 224), Noon
Discussant: Tom Ginsburg, Professor of Law
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Film: Kanal, Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, April 14


When: Thu, April 14, 9:30pm – 11:01pm
Where: Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall (1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637) (map)
Underground Cinema (Andrzej Wajda, 1957) • At the end of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, a group of Polish resistance fighters retreat into the sewers in a desperate attempt at escape from the Nazis. They become disoriented, unable to return to the light of the surface for fear of being shot, and instead are forced to wade through endless fumes and sewage. The second installment of Wajda’s World War II trilogy, Kanał is a stark and harrowing depiction of hell within the earth. It helped to establish not only Wajda’s career, but also Polish cinema’s reputation on the world stage, winning the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. 16mm



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A Film Unfinished

Thursday, April 28–Saturday, April 30

A series of events relating to the award-winning documentary, A Film Unfinished

These programs are dedicated to the memory of Miriam Bratu Hansen.

Yael Hersonski, Director of A Film Unfinished, will be present at all events.

Thursday, April 28: Free Screening of A Film Unfinished

A Film Unfinished

When: Thu, April 28, 7:00pm – 8:28pm
Where: Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall (1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637) (map)
Special Event! Yael Hersonski’s award-winning documentary interrogates a body of archival footage shot in the Warsaw ghetto in May 1942 under the Nazi propaganda machine. The film incorporates interviews with the cinematographer of the original footage, survivors’ responses, and reflections on the Nazi construction of images of Jewish life in the Ghetto. The special screening, in presence of director Yael Hersonski, is dedicated to the memory of Miriam Bratu Hansen. Free and open to the public, co-sponsored by The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and The Human Rights Program (A roundtable discussion will take place at the Film Studies Center, Sat. April 30, 8:30pm.) 35mm

Friday, April 29: Workshop with Yael Hersonski

Location TBA

12:00 pm


Saturday, April 30: “The Silence of the Archive: Roundtable Discussion on A Film Unfinished

Film Studies Center

Cobb Hall, Rm. 307

5811 S. Ellis

8 pm: reception; 8:30 pm: roundtable

Registration for the roundtable is requested.  Register at:

These events are made possible by the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, and are presented in collaboration with the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, doc films, and the Human Rights Program.

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