Co-sponsored by the East Central Europe Center and the Njegos Endowment for Serbian Studies
Part one: "The Racija"; the Danube, Novi Sad, January 1942
Part two: "They Were Children"; Vel d'Hiv, Paris, July 1942
The footage filmed by Dragan Kujundzic commemorates the 70 years since the 2 round-ups, of the Jews and Serbs in Novi Sad (today Serbia) in January 1942, and of the Jews in Paris in July 1942. The archival footage includes the last interview with the foremost historian of the Novi Sad Racija, Pavle Sosberger, filmed in June 2011, as well as footage from the commemoration of the Vel d’Hiv (summer 2012) in Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in Paris, the event introduced by Serge Klarsfeld. The deportation of children is further explored in the footage taken in the Musée Mémorial des Enfants du Vel d'Hiv (Memorial Museum of the Children of Vel d'Hiv) in Orleans (interview with the museum director, Mme Helen Mouchard-Zay), and interviews with one of the only two then small child Vel d´Hiv survivors, Marcel Weltman-Aron. The 85 minute film presents a reflection on the public and private history of the author who is a Serbian intellectual living in diaspora. Filmed on locations in Novi Sad, Serbia, and Paris, Orleans and Avignon, France. In Serbian and French, with subtitles in English.