International film producer Sandra Schulberg, daughter of film maker Stuart Schulberg, will introduce her father’s historic documentary, “Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today,” for a local premiere on Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. in Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa.
The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education , in partnership with the Westmoreland Bar Association, will host the Greensburg debut of the film, which was made for the United States Department of War in 1948 by filmmaker Stuart Schulberg. It documented the first Nuremberg trial from inside the courtroom where 21 Nazi leaders were being tried on four counts, including conspiracy to commit crimes against aggression, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity. While the film was widely shown in Germany, it was never released in the United States.
More than 60 years later, the original documentary was restored by the film maker’s daughter, Sandra, and has been released throughout the United States. The Washington Post called it “mesmerizing” and the New York Post wrote “…powerful. A definitive rebuke to all Holocaust deniers.”
“The Westmoreland Bar Association is appreciative of the opportunity to partner with the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education because the subject matter is a natural fit and a perfect way to provide community education to Westmoreland County residents,” said Diane Krivoniak, Westmoreland Bar Association.
Sandra Schulberg will provide a commentary about the use of the Nazis’ own moves and records to prosecute Nazi war criminals and will host a question and answer session immediately following the film.
“Our National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education is indeed honored to partner with the Westmoreland Bar Association for what promises to be an important and timely topic, 'Nuremberg: Its Lessons for Today,'" said Sister Lois Sculco, S.C., vice president, Mission and Student Life, and director, National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education. “We are pleased to host our speaker Sandra Schulberg, the lawyers of our area and all who wish to attend.”
There is no fee to attend, however, registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact the Westmoreland Bar Association at 724-834-6730.
Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) was established on the campus of Seton Hill University in 1987. Seton Hill initiated this national Catholic movement toward Holocaust studies in response to the urging of Pope John Paul II to recognize the significance of the Shoah, the Holocaust, and to “promote the necessary historical and religious studies on this event which concerns the whole of humanity today” (Letter to Archbishop John L. May, 1987). The NCCHE has as its primary purpose the broad dissemination of scholarship on the root causes of anti-Semitism, its relation to the Holocaust and the implications from the Catholic perspective of both for today's world. Toward this end the Center is committed to equipping scholars, especially those at Catholic institutions, to enter into serious discussion on the causes of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; shaping appropriate curricular responses at Catholic institutions and other educational sites; sustaining Seton Hill's Catholic Institute for Holocaust Studies in Israel through a cooperative program with Yad Vashem, the Isaac Jacob Institute for Religious Law and Hebrew University; encouraging scholarship and research through conferences, publications, workshops for educators, and similar activities; sponsoring local events on the Holocaust and related topics in the University and the community and enhancing Catholic-Jewish relations.