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WEDNESDAY

The best-known films about the Holocaust were not made in Germany. The haunting Night and Fog and the exhaustive Shoah could only be French; the curiously upbeat Schindler’s List came, of course, from Hollywood. Yet German filmmakers have not entirely ignored the subject. Hans-Jurgen Syberberg’s Hitler: A Film From Germany contemplates evil for almost seven hours, and films such as Helma Sanders-Brahms’ Germany, Pale Mother and Michael Verhoeven’s The Nasty Girl focus on the war’s legacy. These and other German films provide the text for Frank Stern’s lecture “Facing the Past: Postwar German Cinematic Representations of the Holocaust.” A visiting professor at Georgetown University, Stern is director of the Center for German Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the author of the upcoming Jews in the Minds of Germans: The Ambiguous Shadow of the Past in German Film and Literature. He speaks at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Meyerhoff Theater, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Free. For reservations call (202) 488-6162. (MJ)