The unifying theme of the[masked] Dallas Goethe Center Film Series is "German experiences of the War: A Different Perspective". This season we are showing films that highlight the complex issues surrounding the aftermath of World War II from a decidedly German perspective. The first film of the series "The Forgotten Genocide" is a Documentary Film directed by Ann Morrison in color, 2010.
The Forgotten Genocide documents the fate of ethnic Germans in the former Yugoslavia during und after the war. The German minority, the so called Donau-Schwaben, were mistreated by the Germans in Germany, the invading Russians, and by the partisans of Marshal Tito. Facing similar fate to the ethnic Germans punished by Staling after the war, they were interned in labor camps, sent on death marches, summarily shot, robbed of their work, their possessions and many of their lives. Ironically these Germans were also rejected by Germans and were forced to fight or die for Hitler. After the war they were sent back to Yugoslavia where a horrible fate awaited them. Their story sounds familiar. It is the horror story of ethnic cleansing that has repeated itself over and over again but this time the ethnic group is German, many of whom were women and children. This film begs the question: should any genocide ever be forgotten?
After the film Dr. Jakob-Ivan Eidt of the University of Dallas, Irving and Director of the DGC Film series will hold a discussion about the film itselve, its reception of the war from a modern perspective, and its impact on contemporary German and American audiences. All showings are free for DGC members and open to university students. Films will be shown in Lynch Auditorium (building #2) with parking available in front of the auditorium. Please RSVP!
After the film and discussion everyone can meet across from Lynch Auditorium for Kaffee und Kuchen in the University Cappuccino Bar. The group will pick a place in Las Colinas for dinner if you like to hang out.