January 6, 2010
RALPH FIENNES TO SPEAK AT UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM PROGRAM, “THE POWER OF FILM AND THE HOLOCAUST”
Bob Woodward to Interview Fiennes in Program
Sponsored by Museum’s Next Generation Board
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ralph Fiennes has starred in a number of films dealing with the Holocaust and World War II, playing both Nazis and Jews. In an interview with Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Fiennes will discuss the challenges in playing Holocaust victims and perpetrators and how film can be used to reach and educate a mass audience about the Holocaust. The program, being held on Saturday, January 9, at 8:00 p.m., is sponsored by the Museum’s Next Generation Board.
Fiennes will discuss Schindler’s List and Sunshine among other films. In Schindler’s List, which chronicles the efforts of German businessman Oskar Schindler who saved the lives of more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories, Fiennes portrays the sadistic concentration camp commander Amon Goeth. Sunshine follows three generations of a Jewish family living in Hungary during the 20th century.
Bob Woodward is an investigative journalist and has authored or coauthored more than 15 nonfiction books on a variety of subjects. He is currently the associate editor at the Washington Post where he has worked since 1971.
The Washington Next Generation Board seeks to build the next generation of Museum leadership by engaging and inspiring the professional community of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area through philanthropic activities and educational programming. In memory of those who perished and in honor of the survivors of the Holocaust, the society is dedicated to confronting today’s moral and ethical challenges and to shaping the next generation of leadership.
The event Chair is Adam Falkoff of Washington, D.C., and the program is made possible by the A.G. Newmyer III Foundation. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ushmm.org/events/fiennes.
Media interested in attending the event should contact Andy Hollinger at 202-488-6133 or email@example.com.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was created to inspire leaders and citizens worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity and strengthen democracy. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanence, and donors nationwide make possible its educational activities and global outreach. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.