HLHW Upcoming Events

Maria Altmann and E. Randol Schoenberg

Maria Altmann and E. Randol Schoenberg

May 6 Event Features E. Randol Schoenberg, "Star" of "Woman in Gold" Movie

Attorney E. Randol Schoenberg was able to accomplish what few thought was possible; he recovered Gustav Klimt's famous "Golden Lady" painting, which was stolen by the Nazis in 1938. Schoenberg's experiences are the subject of a new movie, "Woman in Gold," to be released in April 2015, which he will discuss at the May 6 Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) event, sponsored by Phyllis and Daniel Epstein.

Schoenberg, a top litigator and the grandson of composer Arnold Schoenberg, succeeded in getting back the "Golden Lady" painting and other works of art after a seven-year struggle against the Austrian government. "Woman in Gold," starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Katie Holmes is the true story of Schoenberg's decision to take on a seemingly hopeless case for a close family friend, Maria Altmann, who was trying to recover five Klimt paintings stolen from her family home in Austria in 1938. The famous painting, officially called "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," depicts Altmann's aunt, swathed in a glittering mosaic of gold.

The May 6 event will take place at 5 p.m. in Hojel Hall, within The Copley International Conference Center on the UC San Diego campus. The event is free and is open to the public, but reservations are requested. To make a reservation, please go to: https//hlhw-klimt.eventbrite.com.

Maria Altmann poses with Klimt's Golden Lady

Other spring HLHW events include:
April 15th Roundtable Discussion: Growing up in the Shadow of the Holocaust.

Since the catastrophic defeat of Nazi Germany, Germans have been forced to confront their "unmasterable past." What was it like to grow up in a divided country burdened with the legacy of genocide? How does one deal with the knowledge of one's people's complicity in mass murder, and how does this knowledge affect one's identity? UC San Diego faculty and students will explore the answers to these questions. The discussion will be moderated by UC San Diego historian Deborah Hertz, HLHW director and the Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies.

April 22
Film Screening: "I Had to Clean My Heart: A Survivor's Story."

A film by Robert Schneider and Albert Lau. Lou Dunst grew up in Jasina, Czechoslovakia, and was deported, as a teenager, to Auschwitz, Maut-hausen, and Ebensee. At the end of the war, he moved to the U.S., and was able to make peace with his traumatic past. This 45-minute documentary film will be followed by a discussion with Dunst and the filmmakers.

The family of Lou Dunst

June 3rd
"Missing: The Fate of the Nazi Concentration Camp Archives," with J. J. Surbeck

Since its founding in 1864, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC, the Swiss private organization which many have dubbed the "Guardian of the Geneva Conventions") has helped reunite POWs and uprooted civilians with their families. The Nazi conquest of most of Europe resulted in the displacement of millions of individuals. Beginning in 1943, the British Red Cross and the ICRC began the work of tracing victims of incarceration, forced labor, and relocation. This effort eventually led to the establishment of the International Tracing Service (ITS), also known as the Bad Arolsen Archive. The year 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the ITS' work under the direction of the ICRC. A Swiss-educated attorney, J.J. Surbeck worked for 16 years for the ICRC and knows its history and workings intimately.

To find out more about UC San Diego's Holocaust Living History Workshop, contact Susanne Hillman, the program coordinator at hlhw@ucsd.edu or go to: http://library.ucsd.edu/hlhw. Training in the use of the Visual History Archive is available for individuals and groups upon appointment.

Exhibits & Events

"National Poetry Month."

  • April 1 - April 30
  • Various Library Locations.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Roundtable Discussion."

  • April 15, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Earth Week Green Maker Fair."

  • April 22, 11:30 - 1:00pm
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: "I Had to Clean My Heart" A Film by Robert Schneider and Alberto Lau."

  • April 22, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Holocaust Living History Workshop.
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"National Preservation Week: Pop-Up Exhibits & Events."

  • April 26 - May 2
  • Geisel Library locations.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: Randol Schoenberg, “star” of “Woman in Gold."

  • May 6, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Hojel Hall, Copley International Conference Center.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Library Chimes Featured in La Jolla Symphony Premiere."

  • May 2 and May 3
  • Mandeville Auditorium.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

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