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The April film program in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be a combination of three short films, screening at 1:00 pm on April 30 in the Holocaust Museum’s theatre in Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive.

Toyland (Spielzeugland)
Directed by Jochen Alexander Fredank
Germany, 2008, 14 minutes. German with English subtitles

In this Academy award winning film, a German mother misleads her son about where the Nazis are sending their Jewish neighbors, including the young boy’s best friend.

Torte Bluma
Directed by Benjamin Ross
USA, 2005, 22 minutes

This sobering film was inspired by a real-life episode in the life of Franz Stangl, the German commandant at the Treblinka Extermination Camp, and the Jewish prisoner who cooks his meals. Starring Stellan Skarsgård and Simon McBurney.

Directed by Lukasz Konopa
UK, 2012, 7 minutes. Ambient sound only

This short, powerful film documents contemporary life in Auschwitz. In an observation from dusk till dawn, it portrays the “theatre of everyday life” around the grim confines and captures the energies and activities of a world fascinated by this infamous killing center.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Erin McGlothlin, Associate Professor of German and Jewish Studies at Washington University. Dr. McGlothlin’s main research interests are German-Jewish literature and the literature of the Holocaust. In 2006, she published Second Generation Holocaust Literature: Legacies of Survival and Perpetration.

Films in this Sunday series are free and open to the public, although reservations are required. For further information, call 314-442-3711 or email To view upcoming films in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series, visit Please note, there will be no film in May.