Class with Holocaust Survivors Inspires UCLA Student Film Project

Class with Holocaust Survivors Inspires UCLA Student Film Project




Who knew that a freshman seminar could be life changing? When Andrew Rosenstein enrolled in Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature Professor Todd Presner’s seminar, Between Memory & History: Interviewing Holocaust Survivors in the Digital Age, in Winter 2012, he couldn’t imagine how the opportunity of meeting with a survivor over the course of the quarter would impact his college career.


Light out of Darkness, Rosenstein’s senior project in Film and Television, documented together with Fawad Assadullah, screened on May 20 in UCLA’s Darren Star Theater in Melnitz Hall. Running just under two hours, the film is dedicated to the memory of Sophie Hamburger, the survivor with whom Rosenstein worked, and whose compassion inspired him so much, when he was 19 and she was 92. The film premiere was sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and cosponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

Presner, who has advised Rosenstein since his first year at UCLA, said that his film “may be the last full-length documentary of Holocaust survivors.”

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