In 1982 William Styron's novel, "Sophie's Choice," premiered as a movie, one of the first popular films connected to the Holocaust. The title of the iconic novel and film has become a short-hand phrase for a choice where every alternative has significant negative consequences.
Join us on this 40th Anniversary for a look back at the making of "Sophie's Choice," the controversy surrounding the film, and the connection to Olga Lengyel, whose memoir of her experience in Auschwitz was an inspiration for Styron's novel. The second half of the program will focus on how this and other films have impacted understanding and awareness of the Holocaust.
Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Holocaust scholar, museum and film consultant.
Stephanie Goodman, The New York Times, Film Editor.
Moderated by Rob Eshman, Forward, Columnist.
With introduction by Deborah Lauter, Executive Director, The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI).
This program is presented in partnership with Forward and Central Synagogue in New York City.