Excerpts from Hebrew University’s Spielberg Jewish Film Archive to be screened on Israeli TV

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[img_assist|nid=650|title=Spielberg Archive at HU|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=260]Excerpts from Hebrew University’s Spielberg Jewish Film Archive to be screened on channel 2

February 17, 2009 - elections of films from the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be screened during the next two months on channel 2 in a series called “Sixty, Seventy, Eighty.”

The series, produced for the Reshet company, will begin its screenings on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at noon and will be followed by further screenings at the same hour on March 4 and 18, April 22 and May 13. The film segments were chosen from among the many categories of films in the archive, including diaspora Jewish communities, the Holocaust, and scenes from the pre-state Jewish community in Israel and following independence. The films offer a rare opportunity to view samples of the wide variety of Jewish historical film footage, some of it quite rare, in the Spielberg Archive, said the director of the channel 2 film project, Avi Kushnir.

Among the footage that will be shown are excerpts from the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, the ceremony establishing the Hebrew University in 1925, scenes showing the establishment of the State of Israel, the War of Independence and the early years of statehood, a film showing Jewish life just before its destruction in pre-World War II Poland, and a rare “home movie” showing Adolf Hitler and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini meeting on the eastern front in World War II.

The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive, founded in the late 1960s, serves a wide spectrum of users, including film producers and directors, researchers, educators, students, schools, cultural centers and other s interested in the history of the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

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