Film Screening: Made in Auschwitz: The Untold Story of Block 10

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

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Southeast US Premiere | Directed by Sylvia Nagel & Sonya Winterberg Germany-Israel | 72 minutes | 2019 German, Hebrew, French, Dutch with English subtitles

FEATURING THE ATTENDANCE OF DIRECTOR SONYA WINTERBERG

This chilling documentary uses intimate survivor testimonies, archival footage, and legal records to tell the story of the over 400 young women who were subjected to medical experimentation in Auschwitz by Carl Clauberg, an enterprising, sadistic gynecologist. Clauberg, who had already made a name for himself as a research scientist, volunteered his services to Heinrich Himmler of the SS to both help eradicate future generations of Jews and to avail himself of a pool of captive research subjects. These experiments, which sterilized many of the women, were also paradoxically what spared them from the gas chambers. This powerfully affecting film traces the history of the survivors and the subsequent attempts to bring Clauberg to justice, which includes examining his — and these women's — enduring contribution to modern research on birth control and fertility as wll as the role of German companies Siemens and Schering in profiting off the findings.

Discussion following the screening with Director Sylvia Nagel and Dr. Michaela Moura-Koçoglu of the FIU Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.