U of M Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies to host filmmaker Michael Prazan, Nov. 4-7
Prazan will screen the local premiere of documentary on the “Holocaust by Bullets”
Who: French film director Michael Prazan
What: Screenings of “Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades”
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7
Where: St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 Main St. S.E., Minneapolis
Tickets: $8.50 general, $6.50 students/seniors
FFI: www.chgs.umn.edu or (612) 624-0256
October 27, 2010
French filmmaker Michael Prazan will be in Minneapolis, Nov. 4-7, for screenings of his film “Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades.” The documentary details the SS killing squads (Einsatzgruppen, or “Intervention Groups”) charged with destroying entire Jewish populations in occupied Eastern Europe during World War II.
Referred to as the “Holocaust by Bullets,” the mobile death units moved through Eastern Europe into Soviet territories in 1941, recruiting assistants in the Baltic states and Ukraine to help them carry out the extermination of the Jews in towns, cities and villages. These brigades killed an estimated 1.5 million Jews between June and December 1941, their atrocities only a prelude to the mass exterminations that followed at the death camps in Poland.
The 180-minute film contains previously unseen archival footage, much of it in color, some shot as home movies by the German brigades themselves. Prazan interviews historians, Holocaust survivors, witnesses and perpetrators to give a complete view of the horror and scale of this operation which was responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent Jewish families.
The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Prazan. His appearance is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Prazan was born in 1970 and graduated with a degree in linguistics from the Sorbonne in 1996. He taught French literature before becoming a filmmaker. Prazan lived in Japan for several years while making his first two films, “The Nanking Massacre: Memory and Oblivion” (2006) and “Japan, the Red Years” (2002), about the terrorist tendencies of some of Japan’s May ’68 children. He has written a book on the making of the Einsatzgruppen film, which will be published in France later this year.
Prazan is available for interviews in Minneapolis Nov. 4-7.