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Humans of the Holocaust: David Fisher’s The Round Number

Tue Oct 12 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
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Israeli filmmaker explores how “six million” became an iconic figure in Holocaust remembrance.
Israeli filmmaker explores how “six million” became an iconic figure in Holocaust remembrance.

Note: This is a 60-minute class running on Tuesday, 10/12/2021 @ 2pm-3pm PDT. Upon completed registration, your Zoom invitation will be emailed to you 7 days prior to the start time.

In The Round Number, Israeli documentary filmmaker David Fisher asks deeply unsettling questions about six million, the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust, which became an iconic numerical figure. As a second-generation Holocaust survivor, Fisher’s first-person historical investigation takes him on a 12-year journey, far beyond statistics, to explore why and how this number was written into the canon, and what its meaning can teach us about the Holocaust.

Join him in conversation with AJU’s Prof. Michael Berenbaum to discuss the making of the film and watch selected clips.

To watch the trailer, please click here.

Guest: David Fisher

David Fisher is one of Israel’s leading documentarists. “Six Million and One” (2011), won awards and was screened at the Lincoln Plaza Cinema in New York. The critically acclaimed Love Inventory (PBS “Independent Lens,” 2004) won him the Israeli Film Academy Award. As Director of the New Israeli Foundation for Cinema (1999-2008), Fisher brought Israeli documentaries to international attention and served on the juries of international festivals, such as HotDocs Toronto, Karlovy Vary and the ITVS international panel. The first non-American NEH grantee, with the project “To Be Or Not To Be in Yiddish,” Fisher was an Artist in Residence at Yale and a scholar in residence at the Wesleyan university.

Host: Michael Berenbaum

Michael Berenbaum is a Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University. He is a writer, a scholar and a creator of Museums. His work has been recognized by the Emmys and Academy Awards.