The Last Stage (Ostatni)
Directed by Wanda Jakubowska Poland, 1947, 110 minutes In Polish with English subtitles This powerful film focuses on Martha Weiss, a Jew sent to Auschwitz and chosen to serve as an interpreter. Director and co-writer Wanda Jakubowska shot the film on site in Auschwitz and drew on her own Holocaust experiences, giving the film a chilling sense of authenticity. Introductory remarks and post screening discussion facilitated by Jennifer Kapczynski, Associate Professor of German, Washington University. Dr. Kapczynski’s research focuses primarily on 20th century literature and film. She is the author of The German Patient: Crisis and Recovery in Postwar Culture (2008) and the co-editor of A New History of German Cinema(2012).