The Waldheim Waltz - free public screening
Kurt Waldheim enjoyed a sterling reputation as Secretary General of the United Nations and Austria’s Foreign Minister, but evidence of his lying about his World War II military service—and possible participation in war crimes—was unearthed during his election campaign for president of Austria in 1986. This award-winning 2018 documentary shows archival photos and newsreels covering events in Austria, never-before-seen video footage of protests, World Jewish Congress allegations, and U.S. congressional investigatory hearings. It explores how nations deal with their unsavory past, how voters react to the moral failings of beloved leaders, and the role of antisemitism in mass politics.
94 minutes, in German, French, and English with English subtitles.
Followed by Q & A with CSUN faculty Prof. Jody Myers (Jewish Studies) and Prof. Donal O’Sullivan (History), author of forthcoming book on national memorialization in modern and contemporary Europe.
Film courtesy of Menemsha Films. This is a word-of-mouth screening for the film opening on November 16. Limited seating. RSVP required. Please call (818) 677-4724 or email email@example.com to reserve a seat (maximum 2 seats per request – names for each seat are required).
Co-Sponsored by Temple Ahavat Shalom, Temple Ramat Zion, Valley Beth Shalom, and Hillel 818.