Screening: 'Save Auschwitz?' directed by Jonathon Hayoun

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Film projection
Eleanore Livingstone

Within the framework of UNESCO’s programme on Education about the Holocaust, and in partnership with Effervescence Group, UNESCO will host a screening of the film ‘Sauver Auchwitz?’ (‘Save Auchwitz?’). The screening will be open to the general public, and will be accompanied by a short welcome address and will be accompanied by a short welcome address from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Simone Harari, producer, and the film’s director, Jonathon Hayoun.

The film traces the history of ‘Auschwitz after Auschwitz’ since the liberation of the camp in 1945.

For 70 years, the site, which has become symbolic of the disaster of the Holocaust, has been the scene of difficult debates, attempts at instrumentalisation and of various narratives... Beyond the facts, the film invites us to reconsider the various questions the uses of the site raise: what to do with the site of Auschwitz? To what purpose should it be put?

Today, as the last survivors disappear, new perils arise: the danger of mass tourism, or the temptation of the city and its inhabitants to erase the evidence of a nightmare. For this story is also one of the constant struggle led by various protagonists to ensure that Auschwitz continues to exist as a place of memory and transmission.

A tormented history, never before told, whose future is being written today.