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Dobkowski Speaks on Holocaust

Michael Dobkowski, professor of religious studies, will provide commentary on Tuesday, Oct. 19 following a showing of the documentary, “A Film Unfinished” at the Little Theatre in Rochester. The Democrat and Chronicle newspaper covered the upcoming event.

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Dobkowski will also present “The Medicalization of the Holocaust,” hosted by the Jewish Association of Medical Students of the University of Rochester Medical Center. The discussion will begin at 5 p.m. in room K-207. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jason Reminick at, or Michael Bender at

The information about tonight’s talk as covered in the Democrat and Chronicle follows.

Democrat and Chronicle
“A Film Unfinished” is powerful documentary
Staff report • October 19, 2010

Filmmaker Yael Hersonski unearthed never-before-seen material of the Warsaw Ghetto during the World War II Nazi occupation of Poland. It sheds light that much of the “official” footage was actually filmed by Nazis for a never-completed propaganda film. The use of the footage, as well as a very straightforward telling of the Holocaust history, especially as it relates to Warsaw, is what makes his A Film Unfinished a powerful documentary.

The Little Theatre and the Ames-Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival are sponsoring a 6:30 p.m. screening of the film today, followed by a panel discussion that includes Bonnie Abrams, director of the Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information, and Michael Dobkowski, professor of religious studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Tickets are $8 and $10. Call (585) 461-2000.