Monday, May 18, 2009

Dr. Henry Oertelt featured in SYMBOL, a new documentary

A short form 30 minute documentary film, entitled SYMBOL, began research and production in 2006 after public announcement of plans to remove and replace the swastika symbol disks on St. Mary’s cathedral in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Dr. Henry Oertelt is featured prominently in the SYMBOL documentary. He is often used to help viewers understand the historic context surrounding the swastika, as a symbol, and its changed meaning after the Holocaust. Henry knows this subject far too well, as a survivor, and he speaks very well and succinctly in an accessible manner. This helps people to “get it”, historically, culturally and personally.

Documentary filmmaker Gregory Martin said, “I have actually know Henry for some years now. I first interviewed him as a guest Holocaust Survivor speaker at SCSU, sponsored by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Education, about five years ago. Some of those comments are included in SYMBOL. I also used excerpts from Henry’s presentation about the swastika and racism at SCSU, in his live webcast to Canada last year, and an interview we completed at that time.”

SYMBOL was created by Gregory Martin, who is a St. Cloud State University (SCSU) Associate Professor of Mass Communications, with the help of many former and current students. Production and research continued for three years and were completed recently, in spring 2009.

SYMBOL is co-sponsored by SCSU Jewish Studies and the SCSU Center for Holocaust & Genocide Education. Additional sponsorship support was provided by the office of SCSU Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Michael Spitzer, Ph.D., the SCSU Graduate School, and the office of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities. The Department of Mass Communications provided technical resource support.

Our supporters in St. Paul can attend the movie:
Wednesday, 27 May 09, in St. Cloud at 7:00 p.m. @ Pioneer Place on Fifth Theatre, 22 Fifth Avenue South, St Cloud, @ 320-203-0331. Tickets are $5.

Gregory Martin owns and generously shared the info and artwork for this project for our blog. Good luck to you, Gregory, on this important project.

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