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Drei Söhne / Three Sons

April 19, 2018 · 4:30 pm6:30 pm ·

Announcing a special screening and discussion of a documentary film about three artists, who are or were Auschwitz survivors, and their children:

Drei Söhne / Three Sons, followed by discussion with

  • André Laks (Visiting Lecturer in the Humanities Council and Oates Fellow in Classical Philosophy) and
  • Thomas Trezise (Professor and Chair, French & Italian)

Thursday April 19, 2018, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM, in Marx Hall Room 301

The University Center for Human Values will host a screening of Drei Söhne / Three Sons, a 90-minute documentary by Birgit-Karin Weber that was released at the end of 2016 in Germany and was shown in various festivals last year.

Thomas Frankl, gallerist, in Vienna; André Laks, philosophy professor in Paris/Mexico (and this year at Princeton); and Raphael Wallfisch, cellist, London, have two things in common: one of their parents had survived Auschwitz, and these parents were artists – the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, the composer Szymon Laks, and the painter Adolf Frankl. The documentary features the three sons speaking about their attempts, each in his own way, to preserve the artistic heritage and to find a balance between oblivion and reminder. The music used in the film is drawn from Szymon Laks’ recently rediscovered compositions.

Szymon Laks’ son André Laks, who is visiting Princeton this year, will be present at the discussion, together with Thomas Trezise, whose work includes studies of Holocaust testimony and representations.

The film screening will last approximately 90 minutes, followed by discussion.  All are welcome.

Please note, that the film has English Subtitles.

Cosponsored by the Humanities Council and the following departments: French and Italian, Philosophy, Music, and Classics

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