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Dir.: Elena Horn | Germany 2020 | At age 14, every child attending school in Germany is brought face to face with the nation’s past. Filmmaker Elena Horn returns to her small German hometown to follow four children as they experience Holocaust education in the public-school system in rural Germany. Filmed over the course of five years, from 2014 to 2019, the film is a window into deeply rooted social and political attitudes in Germany amidst the resurgence of the far-right, xenophobia and a fractured, disparate collective memory of the nation’s history. With a haunting overlay of rarely-seen-before archival footage, The Lesson sharply underscores the power of education as a military tool, laying out the architecture of the Nazi educational curriculum that was installed in public schools before World War II for the purpose of wartime indoctrination of the populace with Nazi ideologies. The Lesson is timely, essential viewing amidst the resurgence of xenophobia and the global far-right. (60 min., Ger., Eng. & Heb. subt.) Supported by: Goethe Institut Israel.
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