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FILM SERIES Documentary Filmmaker Pierre Sauvage - featuring Excerpts from feature work-in-progress "And Crown Thy Good: Varian Fry in Marseille" and "Not Idly By: Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust" with post-screening discussion

FILM SERIES Documentary Filmmaker Pierre Sauvage - Excerpts from feature work-in-progress "And Crown Thy Good: Varian Fry in Marseille" "Not Idly By: Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust" post-screening discussion

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 2:00 PM EDT 2010-03-21T14:00 (1:30 PM Doors)
, New York, NY

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Wednesday, March 17; Thursday, March 18; and Sunday, March 21
Documentary Filmmaker Pierre Sauvage: Retrospective & Premiere

A child survivor, Pierre Sauvage has devoted himself to exploring stories about rescue during the Holocaust and the American reaction to the massacre of the Jews in Europe.

Sunday, March 21

2 P.M.
And Crown Thy Good: Varian Fry in Marseille
Excerpts from feature work-in-progress
(USA, forthcoming in 2011, digital video)

Sauvage presents a preview of his documentary about the most successful private American rescue effort during the Nazi era. The mission, led by New York intellectual Varian Fry, helped some 2,000 people escape from France, including many scholars and artists.

3 P.M.
New York Premiere
Not Idly By: Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust
(USA, 2009, digital video, 40 minutes)
Post-screening discussion with Pierre Sauvage interviewed by author and Vanity Fair writer-at-large Marie Brenner

This film presents the challenging testimony of a militant Palestinian Jew who spent the war years in the U.S. leading a group that struggled to make saving the Jews of Europe an American objective. The controversial Peter Bergson is given his posthumous say as he castigates American Jewish leaders at the time for failing to rise to the occasion and pressure the American government to save European Jews.

Join us for a tour of The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service at 1 P.M. Space is limited. Pre-registration for tour is required. Call 646.437.4202.

Each day is $10, $7 students/seniors, $5 Museum and NYBC members