2019 Boulder Jewish Film Festival - "Waldheim Waltz"

Date: March 15, 2019
Time: 4:15 pm

The astounding story of a former Nazi’s rise to post-war power, and the lies, secrets, and betrayals that led to the incredible injustice.

Filmmaker Ruth Beckermann, who participated in protests against Kurt Waldheim during his Austrian presidential campaign in 1986, returns to her native country to take another look at the controversy caused by revelations of Waldheim’s wartime past. She also clearly documents the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism that finally led to his election despite these damning revelations and the attempt to hide the truth. The former UN Secretary- General had often presented himself as an honest soldier caught on the wrong side, an idea closely aligned with the then-popular notion that Austria was “Hitler’s first victim.” A nation finally reckons with its past in this unsettling film, revealing a truth much more complicated and disturbing.

A six minute short about Charlotte Tusch precedes "The Waldheim Waltz". Born in 1946 in a displaced persons' camp in Austria  following the Holocaust, Charlotte tells the story of her parents meeting in the camp, her upbringing and how she uses her art as a way to heal. Charlotte was scheduled to do a talkback, but due to illness she will not be at the screening.

Friday, March 15 | 4:15 pm | At the Boedecker Theater | GET YOUR TICKETS HERE