“Filming the camps” to open at the Atlanta History Center
Hollywood directors John Ford, George Stevens, and Samuel Fuller created American cinema classics like The Grapes of Wrath, Shane, and The Big Red One. But their most important contribution to history was their work in the U.S. Armed Forces and Secret Services, filming the realities of war and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Presenting rare footage of the liberation of Dachau with detailed directors’ notes, narratives describing burials at Falkenau, and the documentary produced as evidence at the Nuremberg trials, among other historic material, this marks the second time that Filming the Camps has been on exhibit in the United States since its New York debut in 2012.
“When the director of the Mémorial de la Shoah, Jacques Fredj spoke to me of this exhibition last year, I knew that this was a very special exhibit that the Atlanta community deserved to see, ” said Consul General Denis Barbet, who worked with the Atlanta History Center and several members of the community to bring the exhibition to Atlanta. “70 years after the liberation of the camp, efforts of remembrance are not just important: they are vital and will become more and more so as time goes by.”
In addition to this exceptional visual record of WWII, the exhibition shows how the violence of World War II and the exposure to the victims of Nazi atrocities caused a complete upheaval in the lives and careers of these three Hollywood directors.
Filming the Camps, curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, was designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF.
Presented in Atlanta through the generous support of Victoria and Howard Palefsky, The Rich Foundation, Jackie and Tony Montag, Count and Countess Ferdinand and Monique Seefried, The Consul General of France Denis Barbet, and Dr. James Braude.
For more information, visit : http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com
When: May 6- November 20, 2015
Where : Atlanta History Center (130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305)