NASHUA, N.H. – The Greater Nashua Holocaust Remembrance Committee
presents a Holocaust Remembrance Day interfaith observance, sponsored by Rivier
University in conjunction with Temple Beth Abraham, at 7 p.m. in the Dion
Center Reception Room on Clement Street in Nashua, N.H. on Monday, April 28.
Featured speaker: Thomas Doherty, author of Hollywood and Hitler: 1933-1939
professor, author and historian Thomas Doherty will discuss how Jewish and
non-Jewish movie moguls responded to the rising threat of Nazism during the
1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and the full meaning of Nazism came
slowly to Hollywood, growing more ominous and distinct only as the decade wore
on. Recapturing what ordinary Americans saw on the screen during the emerging
Nazi threat, Thomas Doherty reclaims forgotten films, such as Hitler’s Reign of Terror (1934), a
pioneering anti-Nazi docudrama by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr.; I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany (1936),
a sensational true tale of “a Hollywood girl in Naziland!”; and Professor Mamlock (1938), an anti-Nazi
film made by German refugees living in the Soviet Union.
also recounts how the disproportionately Jewish backgrounds of the executives
of the studios and the workers on the payroll shaded reactions to what was
never simply a business decision. As Europe hurtled toward war, a proxy battle
waged in Hollywood over how to conduct business with the Nazis, how to cover
Hitler and his victims in the newsreels, and whether to address or ignore
Nazism in Hollywood feature films. Should Hollywood lie low, or stand tall and
sound the alarm?
question-and-answer session and a candle-lighting ceremony memorializing the
victims of the Holocaust will follow the presentation. A photography display,
"A History of the Holocaust," distributed by the Anti-defamation
League of B’nai B’rith, will be on display in the Dion Center Reception Room from
6 p.m. through 9 p.m.
of Doherty’s book will be available to purchase at the event.
program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call
Sheryl Rich-Kern at (603) 881-7264 from the Holocaust Committee or Br. Paul R.
Demers, (603) 897-8537 at Rivier University; or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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