The film takes place in October of 1944 in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner's Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.
William Donahue, John J. Cavanaugh, CSC Professor of the Humanities and Chair of the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literature will introduce the film.
Sponsored by the 2016 Fall Nanovic Institute Film Series: Disintegration.
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