Jewish Studies Department Brings History to CSUN

The poster for the film, "5 Broken Cameras."

The poster for the film, “5 Broken Cameras.”

Over the next week, the California State University, Northridge Jewish Studies department will host two extraordinary events. A Holocaust survivor will share her story with the campus community, and professors will hold a discussion about an Oscar-nominated film—and the entire campus community is invited.

The first event is a conversation with Eva Brettler, a survivor of the Ravensbruck concentration camp during World War II. She will chronicle her life, from her exodus to Hungary to escape Jewish persecution, to the time spent at Ravensbruck, where she had to endure the death of her family members and death marches.

“She is articulate and tells her story well,” according to Jody Myers, a faculty member in the Religious Studies department. “Hearing about the Holocaust from a survivor is an unforgettable and moving experience.” That talk will be held at Sierra Hall, room 184, on Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m.

The second event is a discussion about the documentary “5 Broken Cameras,” a personal, first-hand account of life within Bil’in, a West Bank Arab village known for its non-violent protests against the Israeli security fence and new Jewish settlement on its land. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Documentary Feature.

The 90-minute film will be shown off campus at the Laemmle Town Center 5
(17200 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA) on Sunday, April 28, starting at
 10:00 a.m. Afterward, there will be a Q&A session with members of the Jewish Studies department. They ask those interested in attending this free screening to please RSVP by calling (818) 677–4724, or emailing to reserve a seat.