Event Date: 13 November 2013
Royal Holloway University of London
TRAUMA, FICTION, HISTORY
School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures presents:
Adam Ganz (RHUL) – The Gestapo Minutes
Adam Ganz (Media Arts, Royal Holloway) will discuss his recent radio play ‘The Gestapo Minutes’, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2013 and which, taking an historical episode as its basis, fascinatingly explores power, ethics, guilt and trauma. Ganz is interested in the possibilities and limitations of adapting and dramatizing historical events, and the gaps and silences of the archive.
Synopsis of the Play:
‘Mainz, Summer 1945 and the war is over. Michel Oppenheim, for 6 years head of the Jewish Community, has survived, thanks to his non-Jewish wife. Now Gerhard Schwoerer the Gestapo Officer with whom he had regular meetings throughout the war has come to beg him for a testimonial, which could save him from a war crimes trial and execution. Oppenheim must decide whether to help the man who sat across the table during the previous years of horror and humiliation.’
Adam Ganz is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, and also active as professional screenwriter and director for radio, film and television. His principal research interests focus on audiovisual narrative, with particular reference to the migration of audiovisual production processes to the digital, and on the TV development process and other forms of collaborative narrative including the collaboration between author and audience.
See also: http://www.radiotimes.com/episode/cmgtnm/the-gestapo-minutes
The play can be accessed prior to the event here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nfavq6ykvtm1vqi/1%20Track%2001.aiff
Introduction by Dr Jon Hughes (RHUL):