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New Jersey Film Festival Video Interview with Rebuilt from Broken Glass Director Larry Hanover


By Al Nigrin

originally published: 10/05/2022

New Jersey Film Festival Video Interview with Rebuilt from Broken Glass Director Larry Hanover

Here is the EBTV Video Interview I did with
Rebuilt from Broken Glass Director Larry Hanover.

Rebuilt from Broken Glass – Larry Hanover (Voorhees, New Jersey) At age 12, Fred Behrend’s life was ripped apart. He was living 65 miles from home with the family of Cantor Max Baum so he could attend a secular Jewish school after the Nazis banned Jews from public school. In November 1938, he witnessed the horrors of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), seeing synagogue after synagogue torched in the city of Cologne. Fred did not know that back home, his father, like 30,000 other Jewish males, had been arrested for transport to a concentration camp. All Fred knew was that his idyllic time with the Baum family and his friend Henry was over. His mother frantically sent a car to pick him up. Fred’s family lost most of its material possessions. But they escaped to Cuba and, eventually, America. Fred would turn the tables in 1946 as an American GI. He was part of a little-known denazification initiative called the Intellectual Diversion program at a Virginia military base. Selected for his ability to speak German and his counterintelligence training, Fred was taught by elite professors to give crash courses to German POWs about American-style democracy. In his later years, Fred began to speak to schoolchildren about his Holocaust past. In 2018, he was speaking to students at a Jewish day school on the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht about that fateful day and his friend Henry Baum. The head of the school left the room for 10 minutes and returned later holding a cellphone. He handed it to Fred. On the line was Henry Baum. Soon they would meet—in one more powerful victory over Hitler and the Nazis. 2022; 40 min.

Larry Hanover’s documentary Rebuilt from Broken Glass screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, October 8. It will play along with the films Frontier and Saving Strays Online for 24 Hours and In-Person at 7PM in Voorhees Hall #105/Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Director Larry Hanover will be present at the In-Person screening to do a Q+A after the showing.

To buy tickets go here: 

https://watch.eventive.org/newjerseyfilmfestivalfall2022/play/62c1aad511867700e01c5466


For General Info on the Film Festival go here: https://watch.eventive.org/newjerseyfilmfestivalfall2022



Albert Gabriel Nigrin is an award-winning experimental media artist whose work has been screened on all five continents. He is also a Cinema Studies Lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Executive Director/Curator of the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc.



 
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