HOUSTON, TX (Sept. 29, 2010) – Holocaust Museum Houston’s Fall Film Series will feature three early cinematic dramatizations that helped shape the memory of the Holocaust in popular consciousness.
All the three films were not only award-winning, but they were also made at a time when the Holocaust was not a familiar topic and they were exceptional in exposing the harsh reality of the war; one shows the loss of innocence; one the emotional scars left by the Holocaust; and one the bleak truth surrounding an ill-fated attempt at freedom.
On Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at 7 p.m. the Museum presents “Au Revoir Les Enfants.” In 1944, in Nazi-occupied France, Julien, age 12, was sent to a Catholic boarding school where he forms an unlikely friendship with Jean, who is Jewish. When the Gestapo arrives looking for hidden Jewish children, an innocent mistake suddenly forces Julien into a world far beyond his childhood experience. The film is derived from an incident in the life of the writer/director, Louis Malle.
On Oct. 28, 2010, at 7 p.m., the Museum presents “The Pawnbroker.” This powerful drama centers around an elderly New York City slum-area pawnbroker, tormented by his painful memories of Nazi concentration camp nightmare. Embittered, he brushes off all friendly people in his life, insisting that nothing matters and emotions are wasted. When the young "apprentice" he hired lays his own life on the line to protect him from being shot during a robbery, the pawnbroker shows his first human emotions since the horrific day he lost his family.
Then, on Nov. 18, 2010, beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Museum will screen “Voyage of the Damned.” Based on a true story, the film details a very dark chapter in U.S. history. In 1939, the S.S. St. Louis, a luxury ocean liner, sailed from Germany to Cuba. 937 people, the vast majority being Jews, signed up for the opportunity to escape Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, the visas that the passengers purchased were invalid. Only 28 people were allowed to disembark, while the rest remained on board for weeks as they sailed to Florida searching for safe haven in America. Sadly, the ship returned to Antwerp after more than a month at sea.
Tickets for each film are $4 for Museum members and $5 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
All three films will be presented in the Museum’s Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater at the Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004 in Houston’s Museum District, and are presented with special thanks to Continental Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.