Hollywood Temple Beth El is holding a screening of the historic Polish film “The Last Stage” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.
The screening commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and is being held on United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day. Hollywood Temple Beth El presents the film in conjunction with the Consulate General of Poland-Los Angeles, the Polish Film Festival of Los Angeles and Jewish Renewal in Poland.
The 1948 film was directed by Wanda Jakubowska, a former inmate at Auschwitz, and includes former prisoners as actors. The film was based on the account of Mala Zimetbaum, who was executed at Auschwitz.
Rabbi Norbert Weinberg, of Hollywood Temple Beth El, said the film was a cinematic first in many ways, including the director’s struggle with Communist Party supervisors to emphasize Jewish victims. Many Holocaust films, such as Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” were influenced by Jakubowska’s pioneering work. The director has been called “the grandmother of Polish cinema.”
A panel discussion follows the film with Jaroslaw Łasiński, consul general of the Republic of Poland; Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, who is involved with the organization Jewish Renewal in Poland; and Elizabeth Kanski, president of the Polish Film Festival of Los Angeles. Weinberg will moderate the discussion.
Admission is $12. Hollywood Temple Beth El is located at 1317 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. For tickets and information, call (323)656-3150, or visit laststage.brownpapertickets.com.