Series of war films on paper by Brecht, hosted by the DEFA Film Library: UMass Amherst

A mini-series of films curated by the DEFA Film Library will be one of the special features of “Bertolt Brecht’s Paper War,” taking place at Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library from Thursday, September 29 through Wednesday, November 2. .


The film series, which is available for free on DEFA’s Vimeo streaming platform, includes Andrea Simon’s short “Salka Viertel, Every Sunday”. The film tells the story and importance of Salka Viertel’s living room in Hollywood, where many German artists, including Bertolt Brecht, who had fled Germany after the Nazi takeover, met.

In “A Legacy,” the director recalls a 1956 encounter with Bertolt Brecht, when he, then Brecht’s young assistant, was sent to the playwright to retrieve a clipping of Hitler’s photos. Instead of handing over just the photo, Brecht showed her a diary he had prepared while in American exile. The selected clippings were Brecht’s personal reflection on Hitler, the Nazis, and the world in wartime. The English subtitles for this film were created by German and Scandinavian Studies graduate student Ester González Martín and supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung New York Office.

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