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Lecture

Trudy Gold
The Holocaust on Film, Part 1

Thursday 28.03.2024

Summary

Trudy Gold explores the question, how is the inconceivable communicated? In 1978, the heavily criticised American mini-series “Holocaust” aired for nine and a half hours on prime time television. It was watched by 120 million people worldwide, including 15 million in West Germany. “Holocaust” paved the way for a string of popular works that culminated with the Oscar-winning film “Schindlers List.” These two sessions will examine the purpose and impact of these films and compare them with Claude Lanzmann’s documentary “Shoah,” a pitiless exploration of the abandonment and murder of the Jewish people.

Trudy Gold

An image of Trudy Gold

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.