Four Sisters: Claude Lanzmann’s Interview with Ruth Elias

November 21, 2021
1 pm Central
(NOTE: Please watch Four Sisters in advance)

For this remote event, the audience will screen in advance the fourth part of Claude Lanzmann’s 2018 film Four Sisters (93 minutes; Available on Tubi for free), which presents part of his 1979 interview with Ruth Elias, who survived Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. Professors Erin McGlothlin and Brad Prager will then guide an audience discussion about Lanzmann’s interview with Elias and about his filmmaking strategies in general.

Erin McGlothlin is Professor of German and Jewish Studies and Vice Dean of Undergraduate Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis.  Her main research interests are in the areas of Holocaust literature and film and German-Jewish literature.  She is the author of Second-Generation Holocaust Literature: Legacies of Survival and Perpetration (2006) and The Mind of the Holocaust Perpetrator in Fiction and Nonfiction (2021) and has co-edited three volumes, including Persistent Legacy: The Holocaust and German Studies (2016, with Jennifer Kapczynski) and The Construction of Testimony: Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah and its Outtakes (2020, with Brad Prager and Markus Zisselsberger).  McGlothlin is co-editor (with Brad Prager) of the Camden House book series Dialogue and Disjunction: Studies in Jewish German Literature, Culture, and Thought.  She is also on the editorial board of German Studies Review and Holocaust and Genocide Studies and a member of the Academic Council of the Holocaust Educational Foundation at Northwestern University.

Brad Prager is a Professor of German and Film Studies at the University of Missouri. His areas of research include Film History, Holocaust Studies, Contemporary German Cinema, and the art and literature of German Romanticism. He is the author of After the Fact: The Holocaust in Twenty-First Century Documentary FilmThe Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy and TruthAesthetic Vision and German Romanticism: Writing Images, and monographs devoted to Christian Petzold’s films Phoenix and Yella. He is the co-editor of a volume on Visual Studies and the Holocaust entitled Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory and, most recently, a volume on Claude Lanzmann’s monumental film Shoah and its outtakes, which are held in the collection of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. The publication on Lanzmann’s work was co-edited with Erin McGlothlin and Markus Zisselsberger. Professor Prager currently holds the Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair of Humanities at MU.

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