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West Point Professor to Examine Crucial Roles Played by Jews in Early Hungarian Sound Film

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 5, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ) – The presentation titled “‘Without the Jews, how will we produce Christian culture?’ Nation and anti-Semitism in the Wartime Cinema of Hungary” will be given by Professor David Frey at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, March 28 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion. The program is sponsored by the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and History Club of Ramapo College.

Frey is an associate professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His talk will examine the birth, unexpected ascendance and wartime collapse of Hungary’s cinema and place it within a peculiar international context that involves the interplay of Hungarian cultural and political elites, Jewish film professionals and financiers, Nazi officials and global film moguls. Frey will demonstrate that although it intended to contribute to forging a national culture, Hungary’s film industry became mired in contradictions of its own making, including those inherent to racial nationalism based in anti-Semitism.
Frey earned his Ph.D. in Central European History at Columbia University. I.B. Tauris will publish his manuscript, “Jews, Nazis, and the Cinema of Hungary: The Tragedy of Success, 1929-44,” later this year. His articles have appeared in numerous journals and edited volumes, including the award-winning “Cinema and the Swastika.” Last fall, he was in Hungary as a Fulbright Scholar researching Hungarian-American relations between 1944 and 1951.  He directs the new Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Point, spearheading efforts among the service academies to integrate Holocaust and Genocide Studies into their curricula and to help the Department of Defense develop education and training programs related to understanding and preventing mass atrocity.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.


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