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The Last of the Unjust

In Rhinebeck 
Sunday May 4
 
(France, Austria / 2014 / Directed by Claude Lanzmann)
In Person: Roger Berkowitz, Associate Professor of Political Studies and Human Rights; Academic Director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College.
Claude (Shoah) Lanzmann continues to investigate the Holocaust here focusing on the controversial Rabbi Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia.
After he revisited his 1975 interviews filmed in Rome with Murmelstein, the leader of the town “given to the Jews by Hitler,” a ghetto of deceit chosen by Adolf Eichmann to dupe the world, Lanzmann decided he must make this film to provide some insight into the genesis of the Final Solution, to counter the notion of the banality of evil, and to revisit the savage contradictions of the Jewish Councils focusing on the only “Elder of the Jews” not to have been killed during the war, and who helped about 121,000 Jews leave the country. In English, German, and French with subtitles.
PG-13 / 220 mins.
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