WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
The Accountant of Auschwitz
Dir. Matthew Shoychet | 78 min
Canada, Germany, Israel, Poland, USA
EnglishGerman with English subtitles
Thursday, May 236:10 PM Bethesda Row Cinema
Sunday, May 262:45 PM AFI Silver Theatre
In 2015, 94-years old Oskar Gröning, known as the Accountant of Auschwitz, was finally prosecuted for the murder of 300,000 Jews.
As survivors traveled to Germany to testify, the heinous acts of the Holocaust remained vivid and traumatic for all present. For some, there was no grey area: Gröning was witness to the horrors, and therefore complicit, regardless of his duty to follow orders. For others, he was considered a pitiful, frail man in the twilight years of his life, and they saw no reason to pursue charges.
At once a gripping look at the race against time to prosecute the last living Nazi war criminals and a profound examination of the very concept of justice.
May 26 screening followed by a conversation with producer Ric Esther Bienstock and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum historian Dr. Elizabeth “Barry” White.
Co-presented by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 3GDC – Washington DC Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors AJC Global Jewish Advocacy, Washington Embassy of Germany German Historical Institute Goethe-Institut Washington
May 26 screening followed by a conversation with producer Ric Esther Bienstock and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum historian Dr. Elizabeth "Barry" White.
Ric Esther Bienstock is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker best known for her groundbreaking investigative documentaries. Her films, including “The Accountant of Auschwitz”, “Tales From the Organ Trade”, “Sex Slaves“, “Ebola: Inside an Outbreak” (aka “Plague Fighters”), “Boxing: In and Out of the Ring”, “Penn & Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour” and “Ms. Conceptions”, have screened at over 80 international festivals and aired in over 60 countries
Her work has garnered dozens of prestigious awards, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, 2 Edward R. Murrow Awards, a Dupont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, a British Broadcast Award, a Distinguished Achievement award from the IDA in Los Angeles, 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 2 Donald Brittain Awards for Best Documentary, 2 Geminis, a Genie, a Royal Television Society Award and 2 Amnesty International Awards among many others.
She speaks 3 languages, none of which her children listen to.
Dr. Elizabeth B. (“Barry”) White is a historian in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Division of the Senior Historian, where she serves as an expert on matters related to the Holocaust, post-Holocaust genocides and mass atrocities, and international justice. She has also served as the Research Director of the Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide. Prior to her employment at the Museum, she served at the U.S. Department of Justice as the Chief Historian and Deputy Director of the Office of Special Investigations and, most recently, as Deputy Chief and Chief Historian of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section. In both positions, she directed research to develop and support prosecution of perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, Nazi persecution and other human rights violations. Dr. White has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia and is the author of German Influence in the Argentine Army, 1900-1945, as well as numerous articles and papers.
- "[Has] an intensely gripping quality" ― Globe and Mail
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This event finished on May 27, 2019.