HMLC series to screen three short films

The April film program in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be a combination of three short films, screening at 1 p.m. on April 30 in the Holocaust Museum’s theater in the Jewish Federation building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive.

The films are: 

• “Toyland (Spielzeugland),” directed by Jochen Alexander Fredank: This 14-minute Academy Award-winning German film from 2008 tells the story of a German mother misleads her son about where the Nazis are sending their Jewish neighbors, including the young boy’s best friend. The film is in German with English subtitles.

• “Torte Bluma,” directed by Benjamin Ross: A 22-minute American film from 2005 inspired by a real-life episode in the life of Franz Stangl, the German commandant at the Treblinka Extermination Camp, and the Jewish prisoner who cooks his meals. Starring Stellan Skarsgård and Simon McBurney.

• “After,” directed by Lukasz Konopa: This seven-minute British film is a short but powerful film documenting contemporary life in Auschwitz, using ambient sound only. In an observation from dusk till dawn, it portrays the “theatre of everyday life” around the grim confines and captures the energies and activities of a world fascinated by the infamous killing center. 


Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Erin McGlothlin, associate professor of German and Jewish Studies at Washington University. 

Films in the Sunday series are free and open to the public, although RSVPs are required. For more information, call 314-442-3711 or email [email protected]. To view upcoming films in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series, visit There will be no film in May.