In 2008, British filmmaker Luke Holland began interviewing Germans and Austrians who were former members of the Nazi Party and the SS. More than 10 years later, he created the documentary film Final Account, composed of a selection from the more than 250 interviews he had conducted. The son of a Jewish refugee from Vienna and a descendant of Jews killed by the Nazis, Holland struggled with the question of how and why ordinary people actively supported a regime that committed genocide. In partnership with Focus Features and Participant, the USC Shoah Foundation incorporated clips of the film into its IWitness educational platform to create a landmark use of perpetrator interviews for educators and students worldwide. Especially as heightened antisemitism and outright denial of facts concerning the Holocaust become more commonplace, this program opens up classrooms to new, vital questions about complicity, propaganda and responsibility. This session will include a short clip from the film as well as an overview of the free resources available to educators.
Available for one-hour of PD credit.*
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