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Film and Speaker Series

2014-15 CANDLES Film and Speaker Series: "Be the Change"

Hitler's Children film and discussion, with guest Rainer Hoess

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (This is a date change!)
6:00 p.m. 
Indiana State University Bayh College of Education
University Hall Auditorium, 401 N. 7th Street
Admission is free and open to the public.

Parking is available east of University Hall, between 8th and 9th Streets.

Hitler had no children, but what about Goering, Hoess, and Frank? Hitler’s Children is a unique documentary that reveals, for the first time, how descendants of Nazi officers from Hitler’s inner circle deal with the burden of carrying a surname equated with terror and genocide. Niklas Frank, son of Hans Frank and godson of Hitler, has spent his adult life vehemently speaking out against his father and the Nazi regime. Bettina Goering, great-niece of Hitler’s second in command, Hermann Goering, lives in voluntary exile in Santa Fe. Together with her brother, Bettina chose to get sterilized so as not to pass on the Goering name or blood.

The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Rainer Hoess, grandson of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess. Rainer is devoting his life to ending the rise of neo-Nazism in Europe.


For more information in this and other events, please call 812.234.7881 or check our website,  Hope to see you there!


Past Events

Award-winning film Nicky's Family, with guest Dr. Renata Laxova

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
5:30 p.m. (Pizza arrives at 5:00)
Admission is free and open to the public

Nicky’s Family tells of Sir Nicholas Winton, known by many as the “British Schindler,” who organized the rescue of 669 children from Prague just before the outbreak of World War II.  Winton remained silent about his heroic efforts for more than a half century, until his wife uncovered a suitcase in the attic full of documents and plans.  Today the story of his rescue is known all over the world.  Now 104 years old, Winton has been knighted by Queen Elisabeth II and honored by Congress for his remarkable deed.

The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A led by one of Sir Nicky’s surviving “children,” Dr. Renata Laxova, who escaped Prague for England on one of Winton’s Kindertransport trains at midnight on July 31, 1939.

Nicky's Family has earned rave reviews from audiences and critics around the world, winning over 30 awards - including 14 audience awards from U.S. film festivals!

"The White Rose Student Anti-Nazi Resistance: Heroes in the Ongoing Fight for Human Rights"
with Jud Newborn

Monday, April 7, 2014
6:00 p.m. (Pizza arrives at 5:30)
Admission is free and open to the public.

Through a multimedia program, Dr. Jud Newborn recounts how university students Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans (formerly a fanatical Hitler Youth leader) became some of the most celebrated heroes of the German anti-Nazi resistance. In February 1943, the two students scattered hundreds of anti-war leaflets from a University of Munich atrium down upon the heads of astonished students.  It was one of the few public protests against Nazis. Dr. Newborn also relates the White Rose story to current events, presenting “White Rosers” today who risk themselves for freedom and our shared humanity.  

Dr. Jud Newborn is a lecturer, curator and expert on anti-Semitism, extremism, and the fight for human rights worldwide. He was the founding historian of NY’s Museum of Jewish Heritage from 1986 to 2000 and co-author of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose.

This event is cosponsored by Indiana State University’s history department and is included as part of ISU’s Community Semester titled “Crossroads.”

"Daring to Make a Difference in the Democratic Republic of Congo"  with Dr. Lee Ann De Reus

Indiana State University Human Rights Day -- March 18, 2014
12:30 p.m., Dede 1
 6:30 p.m., ISU Cunningham Library

Since 1998 hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Approximately 6 million people have died due to fighting among armed groups in the eastern part of the country. Dr. De Reus will introduce the complexities of what’s happening in Congo and share stories of the incredible strength, courage, and resilience of women and girls who have suffered so much but who still have hope.

Lee Ann De Reus is a scholar activist who travels regularly to Panzi Hospital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to conduct research, develop programs for rape survivors, and inform her advocacy work in the United States. She is the co-founder of Panzi Foundation USA and an associate professor of human development and family studies and women’s studies at Penn State University/Altoona. In Rwanda she conducts a Penn State service project with vulnerable children and widows from the 1994 genocide.

Dr. De Reus will speak as part of Indiana State University’s Human Rights Day, in collaboration with ISU’s Women's Studies Program and the Center for Community Engagement.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: "Healing: Rwanda 20 Years Later"
 with Emmanuel Habimana

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
6:00 (Pizza arrives at 5:30)
Admission is free and open to the public

Emmanuel Habimana is a filmmaker, public speaker, and activist from Kigali, Rwanda.

His work began as a youth activist in Kigali, where he collaborated with peers to assist other orphans of the 1994 Tutsi genocide. A genocide orphan himself, in 2010 Emmanuel began co-directing Komora: To Heal, a documentary about the orphan survivors of the genocide. He has since traveled to the United States, where he has worked on the production of Komora and undertaken nationwide speaking tours. His 2014 tour focuses on Rwanda’s achievements in healing as the world approaches the 20-year anniversary of the genocide. View the film trailer:


No Place on Earth   with guest Richard Hirschhaut

Friday, November 8, 2013
5:30 p.m. (Pizza arrives at 5:00)
Admission is free and open to the public

This film brings to light the untold story of thirty-eight Ukrainian Jews who survived World War II by living in caves for eighteen months, the longest-recorded sustained underground survival. Built upon interviews with former cave inhabitants, as well as Chris Nicola, the caving enthusiast who unearthed the story, No Place on Earth is an extraordinary testament to ingenuity, willpower, and endurence against all odds. We will be joined by Rick Hirschhaut, Executive Director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, who has visited the caves.

Gabriel Bol Deng: "The Power of Hope"

Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:00 p.m. (Pizza arrives at 5:30)
Admission is free and open to the public

Gabriel Bol Deng has overcome unbelievable obstacles in life. He was 10 years old when North Sudanese Murahileen militiamen led a violent attack on his village of Ariang in South Sudan in 1987. He fled into a forest, not knowing the fate of his family. After his escape, Gabriel embarked on a perilous four-month-long journey, crossing the Nile River and miles of desert; surviving disease and devastating hunger to reach the Dimma Refugee Camp in Ethiopia. In 1988, he had a life-changing dream in which he was reminded of his parents' charge to him as a young biy: that he could move mountains with the power of hope. Thia mantra continues to guide Gabriel. Gabriel shares his stunning journey to escape civil war and improve access to education in southern Sudan.