Fog in August

Dir. Kai Wessel
(126 min, AustriaGermany, 2016)
German with English subtitles
Mid-Atlantic Premiere

Director Kai Wessel’s first feature film addresses one of the greatest taboos of German history—the Nazis’ euthanasia program. Based on Robert Domes’ 2008 historical novel, Fog in August concerns the fate of 13-year-old Ernst Lossa, who is committed to a mental hospital in 1942 because of his Roma origins (and not due to actual illness).

He soon discovers the truth behind the hospital’s façade and sets about sabotaging its euthanasia program with the help of other patients, at great personal risk.

Co-presented by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum German Historical Institute Voice of Roma Austrian Cultural Forum Goethe-Institut Washington the Foundation for Jewish Studies


Thursday, May 18, 8:30 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema
7235 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD

Thursday, May 25, 7:00 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD


May 25 screening followed by a panel discussion with Senior Historian at the USHMM Patricia Heberer-Rice, German Historical Institute research fellow Richard F. Wetzell, and president of the board of the National Roma Center in Macedonia Jud Nirenberg.

Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice is the Director of the Office of the Senior Historian in the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, a wing of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. There she functions as a specialist on medical crimes and eugenics policies in Nazi Germany.  In addition to contributions to several USHMM publications, she is the author of Children during the Holocaust, a volume in the Center’s series, Documenting Life and Destruction (2011). A further publication, Atrocities on Trial: The Politics of Prosecuting War Crimes in Historical Perspective, co-edited with Juergen Matthäus, appeared in 2008 with the University of Nebraska Press.

Jud Nirenberg is author of several books and papers on Roma issues, including Johann Trollmann and Romani Resistance to the Nazis.

A Romani and Jewish American, he is president of the board of the National Roma Center in Macedonia and has served as CEO of the largest federation of Roma organizations; the European Roma and Travellers Forum. He is also the former director of the largest charitable fund for Romani organizations, at George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Jud is a member of the US Department of State’s Working Group on Roma Issues and has been a lecturer at the Department’s Foreign Service Institute.

Richard F. Wetzell is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University. His research is situated at the intersection of legal history, political history, and the history of science. His publications include Inventing the Criminal: A History of German Criminology, 1880-1945 (2000) and Crime and Criminal Justice in Modern Germany (edited, 2014). A volume on the role of race in the Third Reich, titled Beyond the Racial State: Rethinking Nazi Germany, co-edited with Mark Roseman and Devin Pendas, will be published by Cambridge University Press later this year.

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This event finished on May 26, 2017.