In this presentation, illustrated with film clips, director and photographer David Kaufman will discuss the creative challenges and moral issues encountered in his work creating documentary films about the Holocaust. Over a number of years, Kaufman has produced and directed three films about the Holocaust, including major features on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Lodz Ghetto. Kaufman will discuss briefly the historical background in which the Holocaust emerged as a topic for academic and cultural work in the two decades after the war and then recount some of the specific difficulties he faced in depicting events of the Holocaust within a documentary framework as well as his concerns in working with survivors and eyewitnesses. This lecture was originally delivered to the Jewish Studies Department at McGill University.
Faculty: David Kaufman