Emilie Kutash on “Andre’s Lives”

April 19, 2020 Marblehead Free
(Photo: Ted Eytan/Flickr)
(Photo: Ted Eytan/Flickr)

Emilie Kutash will speak on “Andre’s Lives.”

Reaching beyond conventional portrayals of the Holocaust’s legacy, “Andre’s Lives” explores the tension between the collective obligation to remember and the personal need to forget.

Dubbed “the Jewish Schindler,” Bauhaus-trained architect Andre Steiner saved thousands of Slovak Jews. The last surviving member of the secret and illegal Jewish “Working Group” in Slovakia, Andre helped save over 7,000 from deportation to Auschwitz (almost six times as many as Schindler). His complex rescue effort involved bribing Nazi and Slovak officials in order to build labor camps to keep Jews employed and safe from deportation.

After testifying before a war-crimes tribunal against one of the Nazi’s he bribed, Andre emigrated to Atlanta, rebuilt his life, becoming a successful architect. He chose never to look back, or share his story. The cost of his secret was his marriage, distance from his sons and a sacrifice of emotional connections.

Now, at 89, he returns to Europe with his sons to grapple with traumatic memories for the first time. During the film he begins to forge new relationships with his sons and his past. His resistance to exploring his history unfolds on camera through a complex dynamic, as father and sons struggle to make sense of the present by wrestling with the past.

Join us for breakfast at 9:30 a.m., followed by the speaker.

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Sunday, April 19, 2020, 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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