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Screening | Curt Kaufman & Gita Weinrauch Kaufman: Shadows from my Past

  • Pike Theatre 921 Reisterston Rd. Pikesvile, MD 21208 United States (map)

Shadows from my Past, a feature documentary about one Austrian family's experience with the Holocaust and a survivor's return decades later to explore the past and present with luminaries of contemporary Vienna, is presented by Pike Theater and Fippy & Thump Productions. The exclusive Baltimore engagement will be at the Pike Theater.

With terrorism on the rise around the world, Shadows from my Past is a chilling personal account - and dire warning. In 1940, Gita Weinrauch Kaufman escaped from Austria with her immediate family the day they were to be deported to Dachau Concentration Camp. More than 50 years later, she returned to Vienna with her husband and co-director, Curt Kaufman, to ask the question: Is present-day Austria truly different from the country from which she fled? The filmmakers had remarkable access: survivor Simon Wiesenthal; infamous former UN Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim; former U.S. Ambassador to Austria Ronald Lauder; former Austrian President Heinz Fischer; chancellors; distinguished academics; contemporary Austrians; survivors such as Oscar winning film producer Eric Pleskow; actor-singer Theodore Bikel; and many others.

However revealing these interviews are, the letters Kaufman cites, written by her family from 1939 - 1941 desperately asking for help obtaining visas, truly animate the shadows. For years, Austria claimed to be "the first victim" of the Germans, despite the number of Austrians among top Nazi leadership, including Hitler and Eichmann. On this, the 79th Anniversary of the Anschluss, 70th of WW II, Shadows from my Past creates a collage of evidence that Austria is coming to terms with its own dark past.

When: September 23 - September 29, 2016
Where: Pike Theatre, 921 Reisterston Rd., Pikesvile, MD 21208

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