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"Stars / Sterne": Screening

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 the DEFA Film Library and German Studies at Mount Holyoke College.

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.