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The Righteous Man from Fulda

January 27 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us for the Chicago premiere of The Righteous Man from Fulda.
This compelling new documentary by Ethan Bensinger traces the filmmaker’s own family Holocaust history through the unlikely story of the two tablecloths that belonged to Hugo Sichel, the filmmaker’s great uncle, who lived in Fulda until his deportation in December 1941. Sichel gifted the tablecloths to his friend and non-Jewish neighbor Paul Römhild, who had put himself and his family at risk to secretly supply Sichel with food. Eight decades later, after a chance encounter, Bensinger travels to the Hessian hometown of his great uncle to receive the tablecloths from Paul Römhild’s daughter, who had kept them safe throughout the years, and to reunite their two families.
This documentary interweaves one family’s story with the broader events surrounding Kristallnacht in Fulda in November 1938, offering insights into the town’s Jewish history and highlighting how the memory of the Holocaust continues to impact the present.
After the screening, Ethan Bensinger will be joined in conversation by Elizabeth Loentz, Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Light refreshments will be served.
Please bring a photo ID for check-in; advanced registration on Eventbrite required.
Goethe-Institut Chicago Building
150 N. Michigan Ave.
Randolph Room, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
If you can’t make this event, don’t miss our second screening at 6pm on Tuesday, January 30th at the DANK Haus. More info and registration here.
This program is presented by the Goethe-Institut Chicago and DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. 


Goethe-Institut Chicago
150 North Michigan Avenue Suite 200
Chicago, 60601 United States
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