Invited Presenters among other:Gerburg Rohde-Dahl, Gerburg Rohde-Dahl, born in 1938. 1956-60 Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, 1974-79 University of Bremen studies in German literature and history. Since 1974 film producer in Bremen und in Berlin. 1974-97 production of 30 children films
(script and director) an order for the German TV channel ZDF for several children television series. 2001 film documentation " Dying and Living" a documentary for the German TV channel NDR.
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Contributionfilm documentation 80 min
An Open Field - A film documentation about Memorial to remember the Murdered European Jews in Berlin
A film documentary which shows my though-process, initiated by the Memorial for the Murdered European Jews in Berlin.
Reflections about the significance of the Holocaust in my life and for my identity. I was bonr just before WWII. I spent part of my childhood in occupied Poland, and participated later in the oppositional movement 1968.
The film covers the time approximately 4 years starting with the contruction of the first steles in August 2003 until opne year after the completion of the memorial. As I observed the events on the spot spoken with the visitors of the memórial, refelcted once again the story of my family during the "Third Reich" and the impact of the Holocaust in my own life. This internal process is the centre of my film.
When I saw the construction site for the first time, I supported the project without any reservations based on my clear moral position concerning the assassination of six million Jews, the trauma of our German history. My conversations with the visitors in front of the hoarding and inside the memorial made me analyze my previous premises, guided me to more differentiated questions on the perpetrators and opened my point of view of the so called collective guilt wich I feel in my genes more or less continuesly.
During World War II, after the German invasion in Poland, my family lived from 1940 until January 1945 in Gydnia, which during that time was called Gotenhafen. For me, this was the happiest time of my childhood. During that same time the concentration camp Stutthof was established and operated.
I talk with my sister whos 12 years older than me, abotu that time and about our father, bron in 1879, who was a very dedicated Nazi and "Blockwart" in our street in Gotenhafen. In addition I ask the visitors of the memorial of the significance of the Holocaust in their lives. I also interview Leah Rosh, one of the initiators of this memorial and it's architect Peter Eisenmann.
I was alwasy firmly convinced, that my family's part in the German National Socialism was quite harmless and irrelevant. The Holocaust Memorial raised new questions for me on variuos levels.
A very common German story.