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Screening of Acclaimed Hungarian Film ‘1945’ in Memory of John Gunzler

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 12, 2018

Scene from "1945"

MAHWAH, N.J. –The recently released and critically acclaimed Hungarian film, “1945,” will be screened at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion (PAV3) under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The program is being held in memory of our recently deceased Advisory Board member, John Gunzler. The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served

John Gunzler

Born in 1935, John Gunzler survived the Holocaust in hiding with his family in his native Budapest. He came to the United States in 1951, after first living and attending school in Italy.  He joined the Seminole Manufacturing Company a few years later and eventually became a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

A man of many passions, Gunzler enjoyed opera, art, music, hiking, skiing, tennis, sailing, fine dining and The New York Times. It was while leading a hike that he met the love of his life, Marianne, a fellow survivor from Germany, with whom he raised two daughters, Melissa and Nicole. Eventually, he became member of the boards of Gross Center and the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference. He is missed by all.

Directed by Ferenc Török and based on the acclaimed short story Homecoming by Gábor T. Szántó, the film “1945” tells the story of the return of an observant Jew and his son to their native village in Hungary just as the inhabitants are preparing for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. Shot in gorgeous, high-contrast black-and-white, “1945” is a commentary on treachery and guilt during and after the Holocaust.

For information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact or call 201-684-7409.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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