Curator’s Picks: International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020

Curator’s Picks: International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020

ALL ARTS is commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day with thought-provoking programming about the history of the Holocaust and its legacy on the arts and beyond.

The films I’ve selected demonstrate how creatives have used art to face the tragedy, and how they ultimately find affirmations of resilience and hope in the process. My wish for this commemoration on January 27, 2020, which marks the anniversary of the Red Army liberating Auschwitz-Birkenau, is to show new perspectives about a brutal history and to bring people together in compassion.

House Seats: The Soap Myth

Center for Jewish History, Gemma Solomons photographer

Award-winning actors Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh star in a concert reading of “The Soap Myth,” a powerful play about survival, memory and truth. Set more than fifty years after WWII, a young Jewish reporter grapples with different versions of the same story: did the Nazis make soap from the corpses of murdered Jews? “The Soap Myth” dramatizes the painful confrontation between survivors, scholars and Holocaust deniers and questions who has the right to write history.

Premieres on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel and streaming app starting Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. 

Voices from the Attic

Still from “Voices from the Attic”

In the late 80s, filmmaker Debbie Goodstein went to the barn attic in Poland where her mother and 15 other family members hid from the Nazis. In this documentary, she interviews her family members about the secrets they’ve been keeping, and she meets the woman who hid her family for two years. This emotionally honest and uplifting film gives voice to the weight of history and to the healing that comes from holding the camera up to it.

Premieres on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel and streaming app Jan 27th at 9 a.m. 

POV Shorts: Joe’s Violin

In this Oscar-nominated short film, a musical instrument forges an improbable friendship. 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold purchased a violin from a refugee camp just after being liberated from a concentration camp, and, in 2017, he donated the violin to a program that puts musical instruments in schools. The violin is paired with Brianna, a 12-year-old girl from the Bronx who finds solace and joy in playing the violin. As she ponders the history of the violin, Joe tells his story of survival, and the film culminates their heart-warming meeting. The film is a testament to the transcendent power of music.

This broadcast-only presentation airs Jan. 27 at 9:30 p.m.