UT Dallas Professor Charles Bambach’s Fulbright sabbatical in Germany (2008) with his family gave his wife, Lucy McCauley, the impetus for making the documentary “Facing the Nazi Era: Conversations in Southern Germany.” The film recounts the legacy of WW2 and the Holocaust through the lens of German non-Jews, aged 18 to 84, in a small German town where a re-emerging Jewish community is making efforts to engage the community at large.
Following its World Premiere at the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival in November 2011, Facing the Nazi Era screened at the Angelika Dallas (3Stars Jewish Film Series), at Dallas’s Beth Torah synagogue, and in Germany at the former Hailfingen-Tailfingen concentration camp; Berlin’s Centrum Judaicum; Tuebingen’s German-American Institute; and high-school (Gymnasium) classrooms across southwestern Germany. In addition, the documentary is currently used for discussion in the graduate degree program at SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Center.
Facing the Nazi Era is Lucy McCauley’s first film available for distribution. A writer and editor, her essays have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Peace Times, Harvard Review literary journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, Science & Spirit, Salon.com, and Travelers’ Tales anthologies.
“Facing the Nazi Era: Conversations in Southern Germany” will screen at UT Dallas at 5pm on Wed., April 23, 2014.
McCauley and Bambach will be in attendance for a Q&A discussion after the screening.
“This film holds up a mirror to the face of the German people”— Udo Rauch, Director of City Archive, Tuebingen, Germany
“A very real and uniquely honest conversation….McCauley has an uncanny ability to draw her subjects in and we the viewers benefit from the open and surprisingly candid results.” –Robert Albanese, exec. dir. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
“Facing the Nazi Era is a timely and sensitive exploration of a very complicated topic: how we live with the legacies of the past. Lucy McCauley’s film is smart, humane, and moving.” —Michael Wilson, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies School of Arts & Humanities The University of Texas at Dallas
“A fascinating presentation of current German views on the Holocaust.” –Meyer Gottlieb, president, Samuel Goldwyn Films
“The only trouble with this film is that there are not enough others like it.”—Dr. Rick Halperin, director, SMU Embrey Human Rights Program
“Questions I’ve longed to ask get answered, from a perspective I’ve never heard or seen before.”—festival attendee in Vancouver (Nov. 2011)
"In a time when identity politics are all the rage, we need to learn the lessons of history. Lucy McCauley takes us to a place in Southern Germany that throws up a mirror we can see ourselves in wherever we are. What we learn is that loving our neighbors in all of their "otherness" is the surest path to personal security and genuine community."
—Rev. George Mason, Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas
“McCauley deftly weaves an organic narrative that opens a fresh, accessible window on a subject that has been so horrific and overwhelming to approach. This kind of storytelling and witness has the power to build bridges of peace across generations of shattered lives through sacred, compassionate dialogue.” --Gail Atwater (LMSW), founding member Dallas-Ft. Worth Women's Interfaith Dialogue