In 1933, the vast majority of Germans belonged to a Christian church. A third of the population (around 21 million) were Roman Catholic, whereas the Jewish community represented less than 1% of the population. As the Nazi Party’s power and antisemitism spread across Europe, how did one of the world’s most influential institutions—the Catholic Church—address and confront the Nazi regime and its laws, particularly the persecution of Jews? Furthermore, how did the Catholic Church's response influence its followers in Nazi-occupied Europe?
Holy Silence is a new thought-provoking documentary that examines the individuals who played a crucial role in shaping the Vatican’s response to the rising Nazi threat across Europe. Stories include: a humble Jesuit priest from New England, a leading American industrialist dispatched on a mission by President Franklin Roosevelt, and high-ranking officials within the Vatican determined to carry out their own objectives.
Join us for a special screening of Holy Silence followed by a discussion and audience Q&A with the film’s director, Steven Pressman, and the author of The Pope’s Last Crusade, Peter Eisner.
Peter Eisner, Author, The Pope’s Last Crusade: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI’s Campaign to Stop Hitler
Steven Pressman, Director and producer, Holy Silence and Emmy-nominated 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus
Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Director of International Academic Programs, Mandel Center, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and author, The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience: Cardinal Aloisius Muench and the Guilt Question in Germany
Laura Ginns and Seth Goldman
Co-chairs, 2020 National Tribute Dinner
This program is free and open to the public but reservations are required.
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