Skolnik Lectures at Howard University

Jonathan Skolnik
Jonathan Skolnik

Jonathan Skolnik, associate professor of German and a core faculty member in film studies, presented a lecture titled “‘Two pages must have got hanged together…’: German Exiles, Hollywood, and Race in America” on Sept. 8 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

His lecture analyzed how, from the 1930s to the 1960s, African-Americans and Jewish refugees from Nazism worked together in the American film industry, using the language of cinema to juxtapose anti-fascist politics and Holocaust memory with the struggle against racism in the United States. The films discussed were Fury (USA, 1936) and The Pawnbroker (USA, 1965).

Skolnik’s lecture was part of a conference sponsored jointly by the German Historical Institute, Howard University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.