A screening of Landscapes of Memory: The Life of Ruth Klüger (2011).This program will include an introduction by Professor Klüger as well as a Q & A with her and Renata Schmidtkunz, director of this documentary.
Ruth Klüger grew up in fascist Vienna, survived three years in Nazi concentration camps, and went on to become a Professor Emerita of German Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She has held professorships at Princeton University, University of Virginia, and University of Göttingen. In addition to her numerous publications in German and English, she is author of Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered, an award-winning best seller said to be “as important as The Diary of Anne Frank—and equally unforgettable” by The Independent (London). Klüger is recipient of some of the most prestigious prizes and awards including the Marie-Luise-Kaschnitz-Preis (1995), Heinrich-Heine-Medaille (1997), Prix de la Shoah (1998), Thomas-Mann-Preis (1999), the Goethe-Medaille (2005), Lessing-Preis des Freistaates Sachsen(2007), and Austrian Danubius prize (2011). In this documentary, Klüger doesn’t mince words as she shares her thoughts on her childhood in anti-Semitic Vienna, her post–World War II life in the U.S., her experiences as a mother of two American sons, and the culture of commemoration that has grown up around the Holocaust. Filmed in Vienna, California, Göttingen, and Israel. (Portions in German with English subtitles, 83 minutes) Renata Schmidtkunz, the director of this documentary is a journalist who has worked as an editor and filmmaker in Vienna.
Monday, April 22nd from 5.30-8.00 p.m.
Tuttleman Building, Room 101,
N 13th and Montgomery Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19122