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“Three Minutes: A Lengthening”
Sunday, August 28, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Birmingham Museum of Art Steiner Auditorium
Facilitator: Ann M. Mollengarden, AHEC Education Director
Please join the Alabama Holocaust Education Center and the Sidewalk Film Festival for a special screening of Bianca Stigter’s moving documentary about the Jewish community of Nasielsk, Poland. Inspired by Glenn Kurtz’s award-winning book, Three Minutes in Poland, the film investigates three minutes of 8mm camera footage that Glenn’s grandfather, David Kurtz took in 1938, roughly a year before the German occupation of Poland.
At the end of 1939, the people visible in the film, and all the Jews in Nasielsk, were forced from their homes and deported to ghettos, before they were later sent to the Treblinka extermination camp. Only a few short minutes of Kurtz’s prewar film footage survived the war. Stigter draws the most out of the images, emphasizing the faces of these lost victims and their humanity. Produced by Steve McQueen and narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, the documentary serves as a powerful testament to the lost Jewish community of Nasielsk.
After the Sidewalk Film Festival’s screening of the documentary, the Alabama Holocaust Education Center’s Education Director Ann Mollengarden will lead a discussion of the audience’s reaction to the film.
Additional Sidewalk Films of Interest
Sunday, August 28, 12:00 Noon, Birmingham Museum of Art