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.
Screenings followed by a conversation with producer Ricki Gurwitz 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
Screenings followed by a conversation with producer Ricki Gurwitz and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum historian Dr. Elizabeth "Barry" White.
Ricki Gurwitz is a former producer at CTV News Channel. She started her career in New York, where she was a producerat WABC NewsTalkRadio. She moved back to Torontoin 2009where she took over the production of the TheBill Carroll Showand TheJerry Agar Show on Newstalk 1010. In 2011, Ricki made the switch to television, joining CTV News Channel as a segment and associate producer,working with reporters in the field to package news stories, and in the newsroom to cover the headlines of the day. In 2015 Ricki left CTV to produce The Accountant of Auschwitz, her first feature documentary.
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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