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Trudy Gold
Representations of Jews in the Films of the ‘70s

Thursday 7.03.2024


The floodgates opened for films exploring Jewish themes in the ‘70s and ‘80s with two of the greatest musicals of all time “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Cabaret.” This paved the way for director Joan Micklin Silver’s beautifully crafted “Hester Street” and “Crossing Delancey” along with Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall,” “The Front,” and his take on assimilation, “Zelig.” Trudy Gold discusses how these films explored American Jewish identity and the increase in films that attempted to bring aspects of the Shoah to the screen.

Trudy Gold

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Trudy Gold was the CEO of the London Jewish Cultural Centre and a founding member of the British delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Throughout her career she taught modern Jewish history at schools, universities, and to adult groups and ran seminars on Holocaust education in the UK, Eastern Europe, and China. She also led Jewish educational tours all over the world. Trudy was the educational director of the student resources “Understanding the Holocaust” and “Holocaust Explained” and the author of The Timechart History of Jewish Civilization.