Chris Benson

A Free Screening

5 p.m.
Monday, November 9, 2015

The Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life
503 East John Street

Organized by The Program in Jewish Culture and Society and Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies


"Inheritance" is an extraordinary story about two women with a horrifying connection. Helena Jonas-Rosenzweig is a survivor of the Plaszow concentration camp near Krakow.  Monika Hertwig is the daughter of the camp’s pathological SS commander, Amon Goeth, a man responsible for the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto and the deaths of thousands of Polish Jews.   

In this documentary, Academy Award-winning director James Moll, founding executive director of the Shoah Foundation, brings these two women together in conversation, illustrating the enduring effects of the Holocaust from the perspectives of a survivor and the child of a perpetrator. 

Following the hour-long screening, Christopher Benson, associate professor of Journalism, will discuss his work with Moll on Holocaust representation, memory and forgetting in adapting the documentary as a new stage play to be developed by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.