Matt Nash for the premier of “16 Photographs at Ohrdruf” at Lesley University
Join documentary filmmaker and Lesley faculty member Matt Nash for the premier of “16 Photographs at Ohrdruf,” a look at the powerful story of the soldiers who uncovered the Holocaust
With only a small stack of his grandfather's photos for guidance in making this documentary, Lesley University professor Matthew Nash sought to understand a family secret that began on April 4, 1945. His search revealed the horror of Ohrdruf, the first concentration camp found by the Allies, and the amazing story of the soldiers who uncovered the Holocaust.
Free and open to the public, the film screening of “16 Photographs at Ohrdruf” and related lecture will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 6 p.m. in Marran Theater on Lesley University’s Doble Campus, 34 Mellen Street, Cambridge. To register, please click here
The lecture preceding the screening will feature Dr. Geoffrey Megargee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., who will speak about “The Universe of Nazi Camps and Ghettos,” putting the documentary in context and illustrating the vast scope and variety of Nazi camps of detention, persecution, and murder, of which Ohrdruf was a part.
About “16 Photographs at Ohrdruf”
Twenty years after Donald Johnson died of cancer, his grandson, Matthew Nash, a filmmaker and Associate Professor of Photography at Lesley’s Art Institute of Boston, set out to find 16 photos taken while his grandfather was in World War II. The photos, a family secret mentioned only in whispers, depicted horrible scenes taken by a soldier entering the first of the concentration camps liberated by Allies. Each photo was marked with one word: Ohrdruf.
Nash's investigation of the photographs leads him to historians who reveal a side of the Holocaust that he had never imagined, and to survivors with heartbreaking stories. In trying to understand the pictures, Nash turns his focus to the soldiers who liberated the camps. Nash finds Ralph Rush and hears the shocking story of the liberation of Ohrdruf concentration camp, the first camp liberated by the Allies. His attempt to understand his grandfather's pictures has brought him face to face with the anger, the horror and the guilt that those first young soldiers felt when they encountered the atrocities of the Nazis.
“16 Photographs At Ohrdruf” is the journey of one grandson, trying to understand the brutal and terrible scenes preserved in sixteen forgotten pictures. In his investigation, Nash offers a voice for anyone who has ever wondered what is hidden from us, and what history might be uncovered in our families if we would only ask.
Learn more about “16 Photographs At Ohrdruf” here: www.16photographs.com.