Film Screening & Conversation: “The Good Nazi”

Top Pick May 30, 2019 Cambridge $15.00
Neil Bennett as Major Karl Plagge in The Good Nazi (Promotional image)
Neil Bennett as Major Karl Plagge in The Good Nazi (Promotional image)

In 1943, the Vilna Ghetto is about to be liquidated when Major Karl Plagge, a Nazi officer, chooses to risk his own life to save the lives of Vilna’s Jews. Plagge’s heroism was relatively unknown until Dr. Michael Good sought out professor Richard Freund to tell him a miraculous story of the Holocaust known by very few people.

Freund is the director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Greenberg Professor of Jewish History at the University of Hartford. This is the story of Plagge, the people he tried but failed to rescue and the hundreds of people he saved.

“The Good Nazi” explores how Plagge, while acting as the commandant of a forced labor camp, sheltered hundreds of Jewish families.

Today, the former “HKP”—unchanged—is home to impoverished Lithuanians. Because the government is about to tear down the site and put up condos instead, a group of scientists arrives to locate the hiding places of those who were saved and identify the mass grave of those who were murdered. A child survivor of the camp and an American physician whose mother was saved by Major Plagge join them. The film tracks their three stories and, ultimately, brings to light the unknown tale of a Schindler-type German who listened to his conscience instead of his superiors.

Freund, the lead archaeologist on the Vilnius temple project, will give us the back story on the work that reveals the story of the “Schindler of Lithuania” Major Karl Plagge, with writer Michael Good.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
$15.00 Per person

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