"Stars/Sterne" (1959, dir. Konrad Wolf, East Germany/Bulgaria, 88 min., in German, Bulgarian, Yiddish, and Ladino w/ English subtitles)
This gripping drama, based on the personal story of screenwriter Angel Wagenstein during the Holocaust in the Balkans, sheds light on the Sephardic experience of WWII. Stationed in a secluded Bulgarian village in 1943, Walter, an artist and sergeant in the Wehrmacht, lives an almost idyllic life far away from the war. Soon, a transit camp is set up for Jews arriving from Greece. When Ruth, one of the Greek Jews, asks Walter to help a pregnant woman in the camp, the two form an unlikely bond.
Co-sponsored by DEFA Film Library; German Studies, Mount Holyoke College; UMass Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies.
Introduction by Skyler Arndt-Briggs (UMass).
Andrea Simon, director of "Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon" (screening Wed. April 11), will be present for discussion.