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December 9, 2016
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Languages and Literatures

Marta Marín-Ḍmine presents 1930-1942. Jewish Memory

Nov 12/12

On the evening of November 7, Dr. Marta Marín-Ḍmine presented her documentary film, 1930-1942. Jewish Memory: Quartier Marolles-Midi, Brussels-Belgium, to a diverse audience of faculty members and students from throughout the university community. The film, which is based on interviews with six surviving members of the Jewish community in the Marolles neighbourhood of Brussels during the decades before the quarter’s residents were deported to Auschwitz, is a powerful and moving testament to a time and place that one interviewee describes as “Paradise.” The film is at turns eye-opening and insightful, warm and generous, humorous and joyful. Rather than focusing on the Holocaust or life in the camps, the film celebrates the life and culture of erstwhile members of the Jewish community in Brussels, who tell their stories of growing up in the Marolles district. At once a collective portrait of a community and a glimpse into a remarkable moment in human history, the film constitutes a touching and poignant homage to the memory of Jewish life in pre-war Brussels.

In her opening remarks, Dr. Marín-Ḍmine contextualized the film, which was commissioned by the Auschwitz Foundation in Belgium, situated the stories in their historical time and space, and discussed the process of making the film. The screening was then followed by a lively discussion with the filmmaker.

This event, part of the Open Forum lecture series organized by the Department of Languages and Literatures, was co-hosted by Hillel-Waterloo, Centre for Jewish Campus Life, as part of Holocaust Education Week.

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