Films, books, displays to spotlight Holocaust
Vol. 17, No. 26April 2, 1998

Films, books, displays to spotlight Holocaust

The University of Delaware Library and the University Bookstore in the Perkins Student Center are presenting exhibitions and films during the month of April, all designed to increase campus awareness of the Holocaust.

These programs are sponsored by the Holocaust Education Task Force in the College of Arts and Science Outreach Program.

According to Raymond Callahan, parallel program and committee chairperson, "The Holocaust has been remembered by historians, novelists and filmmakers, as well as recalled by its survivors. The activities in the bookstore and library help make the point that its impact on our collective memory is-and should be-immense."


An exhibition on "Documenting the Holocaust" is on display in the Information Room on the first floor of the Morris Library through April 30. It will feature the resources in the Morris Library that document the Nazi Holocaust of 1933-1945.

"The Holocaust has been an event of profound and worldwide significance during the 20th century. I hope that materials about the Holocaust in the University of Delaware Library will help to inform members of the University community about this compelling and highly complex topic and the ethical issues it raises," Susan Brynteson, director of libraries, said.

Including books, video recordings, microforms, government documents, archival materials and web sites, the exhibition will highlight some of the materials that researchers can use to understand the tragic fate which befell the Jews of Europe and other victims during that time. It also will explore the ways in which present-day scholars and citizens still struggle to comprehend what occurred. David Langenberg, reference department, is the exhibit curator.

Books related to the Holocaust are displayed in a special exhibition on the upper level of the University Bookstore in the Perkins Student Center throughout April. According to Diane Zabenko, bookstore, all of the books displayed are available for sale during the month at a 10 percent discount.

Featured at the bookstore are:

A History of the Holocaust, by Yehuda Bauer;

Fateful Months: Essays on the Emergence of the Final Solution; Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution-Poland; and

The Path to Genocide, by Christopher R. Browning.

The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to Final Solution, by Henry Friedlander;

Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, by Danile Jonah Goldhagen;

The Jews of Warsaw, 1939-1943; by Yisrael Gutman;

The Destruction of the European Jews and Perpetrators,Victims, Bystanders:The Jewish Catastrophe 1933-1945, by Raul Hilberg;

Schindler's List, by Thomas Keneally;

The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination, by Lawrence L. Langer;

Survival in Auschwitz, by Primo Levi;

The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, by Robert Jay Lifton;

Historical Atlas of the Holocaust, by U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum;

Night, by Elie Wiesel;

The Abandonment of the Jews:America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945, by David S. Wyman; and

The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning, James E. Young.


A number of Holocaust-related films have been scheduled during April by the University Library, with multiple repeated showings for campus cable TV broadcast on two campus cable channels (UDTV Channel 48 and SLTV Channel 49).

America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference (87 minutes)-UDTV Channel 48
This film includes interviews, official photos, home movies and archival footage to explore the factors that shaped America's response to the Holocaust and asks the question, "Why didn't America do more?" It looks at America's inaction through the experience of a Jewish refugee trying to save his parents and through documented evidence of official policy of the U.S. Government. [from University of Delaware Library collection]
April 15, 22 and 29
7 p.m.

April 19 and 26
10 p.m.

For the Living (60 minutes)-UDTV Channel 48
A documentary on the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Narrated by Ed Asner. [from University of Delaware Library collection]
April 13, 20 and 27
7 p.m.

April 18 and 25
10 p.m.

Nasty Girl (92 minutes) in German with English subtitles-SLTV Channel 49
This German film is a story of a young woman (Lena Stolze) from a small Bavarian town whose attempts to enter a national essay contest, on the subject of "My Hometown During the Third Reich," results in her obsessive quest for the truth. Stolze convincingly ages from adolescence to womanhood in this film, based on a true story. Directed by Michael Verhoeven.
April 14
4 p.m.

April 16, 23 and 30
8 p.m.

April 20 and 27
8 p.m.

April 24
8 p.m.

Nazi Designers of Death(56 minutes)- UDTV Channel 48
This film features interviews with historians, including architectural theorist Robert Jan van Pelt, on the growing body of evidence found in architectural plans of the systematic designing and building of gas chambers by the German army at Auschwitz and Birkenau during World War II. The involvement of the Topf Sohne firm and the SS Neubauleitung is particularly examined. Included interviews with camp survivors. [from University of Delaware Library collection]
April 16, 23 and 3
7 p.m.

Nazi Gold (58 minutes)-UDTV Channel 48
Examining Switzerland's role in supporting Nazi Germany, this film looks at the events in which Swiss border police turned fleeing Jews away, into the hands of the Gestapo. Also addressed is the Swiss response as they confront Holocaust survivors seeking reparations. [from University of Delaware Library collection]
April 17 and 24
7 p.m.

Schindler's List (195 minutes)-SLTV Channel 49
Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Thomas Keneally's best-seller examines the real-life Catholic war profiteer who initially flourished by working with the Nazis but eventually went broke saving the lives of more than 1,000 Polish Jews by employing them in his factory, manufacturing crockery for the German Army. Shot almost entirely on location in Poland, the film stars Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes and Caroline Goodall.
April 21 and 28
8 p.m.

Shadow on the Cross(52 minutes)- UDTV Channel 48
This documentary looks at Jewish-Christian relations, as seen by Christians, across a 2000-year period. Christian religious figures and scholars of various denominations discuss Christian antisemitism, the ambivalent role of the church during the Nazi period and the tentative reconciliation in the post-Holocaust era. [from University of Delaware Library collection]
April 14, 21 and 28