We Were There and the Challenge for Today with a screening of We Were There: Christianity and the Holocaust
Tuesday, October 30th at 7pm in the Student Life Center Ballroom
We Were There and the Challenge for Today
With a screening of We Were There: Christianity and the Holocaust
Director: Pierre Sauvage
(67 min., 2011)
Screening and talk
Pierre Sauvage, the documentary filmmaker, Holocaust survivor, and founder of the Chambon Foundation, will screen his latest documentary We Were There: Christianity and the Holocaust and then discuss the challenge it presents to us, we who are here. His multiple award-winning Weapons of the Spirit (1989) told the story of the French Huguenot village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon that defied the Nazis and their Vichy collaborators and gave life-saving refuge to five thousand Jews, including Sauvage and his parents. In We Were There Sauvage explores Christian rescue during the Holocaust and the Christian share of responsibility for the crime through three distinct but interconnected short films. “Three Righteous Christians” provides the eloquent testimony of three French rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. In “We Were There: Rev. Franklin Littell Confronts the Holocaust,” the pioneering Holocaust educator and theologian Dr. Franklin Littell forcefully argues that the Holocaust was and is a crisis for Christians as well as for Jews. “An Interview with Magda Trocme” offers up the equally direct and articulate testimony of the extraordinary widow of the pastor of Le Chambon during the Holocaust.