University of Vienna professor Walter Manoschek discusses his film after the screening.
On Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m., Deutsches Haus at New York University, NYU’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, will present a screening of Professor Walter Manoschek’s film If that’s so, then I’m a Murderer (2012) and a discussion of his recently published book "Dann bin ich ja ein Mörder!" Adolf Storms und das Massaker an Juden in Deutsch Schützen ["If that´s so, then I´m a Murderer!" Adolf Storms and the Massacre of Jews in Deutsch Schützen] (Wallstein Verlag, 2015). Manoschek will discuss his work after the screening, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
Deutsches Haus is located at 42 Washington Mews, New York, N.Y. (212.998.8660). Events at Deutsches Haus are free, but advance registration is required. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to email@example.com. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat.
On March 29, 1945 three members of the Waffen-SS Division "Viking" shot to death at least 57 Hungarian-Jewish slave laborers in Deutsch Schützen, a small village close to the Austrian-Hungarian border. One of the alleged perpetrators was SS-Unterscharführer Adolf Storms. 63 years after the mass murder the author succeeded in interviewing Storms and two Hitler Youth leaders (HJ-leaders) also involved in this crime. Conversations with Adolf Storms, the two HJ-leaders and three Jews who survived the massacre, form the backbone of the film. It focuses on the crime but also on the manner in which the Austrian judicial system protected Nazi criminals after the end of WWII. Adolf Storms, accused in 2009 in Dortmund for murder and accessory to murder, died shortly before the trial started in June of 2010. The film premiered at the Viennale 2012 and received the Recognition Award of the City of Vienna [Anerkennungspreis der Stadt Wien].
Clips of these 15-hours of interview are also the basis of the accompanying book "If that´s so, then I´m a Murderer!" Adolf Storms and the Massacre of Jews in Deutsch Schützen. Manoschek reconstructs the crime and poses questions about forgetting, suppressing the past, and about responsibility.
Prof. Dr. Walter Manoschek, born in 1957, is an Associate Professor of Political Sciences at the University of Vienna. He researches and publishes on National Socialism, the Holocaust, and the Politics of Remembrance. From 1995 to 1999, he was one of the co-creators and organizers of the exhibition War of Annihilation. Crimes of the Wehrmacht 1941-1944 [Vernichtungskrieg. Verbrechen der Wehrmacht 1941-1944], produced by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research.