A Story of Ambivalences. Jewish Topics and Characters in East German Television

Lisa Schoß

(Selma Stern Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin, Germany)

6.30pm, 5 May 2022

In general, East German television attempted to combine so-called ‘political-operational cultural work’ with attractive programming. The same balancing act can also be observed in the presentation of Jewish topics and characters on TV. This talk covers so-called anti-fascist films about the Nazi era; campaign films against the West, e. g. courtroom dramas and crime movies; the aspect of ‘Jewish heritage’; Yiddish music; and Jewish contributions to entertainment shows.

Dr des Lisa Schoß is a scholar of film and literature. Her monograph Von verschiedenen Standpunkten. Die Darstellung jüdischer Erfahrungen im Film der DDR (From Differing Perspectives, The Representation of the Jewish Experience) is forthcoming. She is associated with the Selma Stern Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and a member of the DFG network ‘German-Jewish Film History of the FRG’.


Please click here for an overview of the 2022 Lecture Series.


Leo Baeck Institute London

2nd Floor, Arts Two Building
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS



Tel. +44 (0) 20 7882 5690/5689
Fax +44 (0) 20 7882 6901

e-mail info@leobaeck.co.uk

Copyright © 2022 Leo Baeck Institute London. All rights reserved. Registered Charity No. 235163