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Irrepressible Woman

In commemoration of the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh is partnering with Film Pittsburgh to offer this program.

Join us as we come together for a program about the French film “An Irrepressible Woman”, and the larger themes of the Holocaust in France. Speakers will include:

  • Kathryn Spitz Cohan, who will discuss the film An Irrepressible Woman and the themes found therein;
  • Jim Lucot, 2020-2021 Holocaust Educator of the Year, who will discuss the history of Kristallnacht;
  • Dr. Lauren Apter Bairnsfather, who will moderate and discuss the history of the Holocaust in France, sharing valuable research being done by local historian David Rosenberg;
  • Ed Friedman, who will discuss his collection of French artifacts on long-term loan to the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.
  • After the panel, attendees are welcome to stay for a talkback.

We are pleased to be able to offer a free screening of An Irrepressible Woman to all registrants. The ticket price has been subsidized by funding from the Edgar Snyder Kristallnacht Commemoration Fund. Viewing the film is not required to attend this event.

While this program is free of charge, we appreciate your support.

Click here to donate to Film Pittsburgh: https://filmpgh.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n3m0000185zk6AAA

Click here to donate to the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh: https://jfedpgh.org/donatehc

Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s annual Kristallnacht program is generously supported by Edgar Snyder.


About An Irrepressible Woman:

Director: Laurent Heynemann

2019, France, 103 minutes

French with subtitles

An Irrepressible Woman is a beautifully crafted period piece detailing the real-life May-December romance of Jeanne Reichenbach and Léon Blum. Blum, the three-time Prime Minister of France who pushed through two landmark laws, paid vacation and the forty-hour work week, is now being persecuted by the French right, who accuse him of infecting the people of France with indolence and failing to prepare the military for war. Reichenbach is irrepressible in her desire to stay with him, leaving her family behind and joining Blum at Buchenwald where he’s been imprisoned by the Germans, in the sparse but livable section reserved for high-ranking prisoners. Despite their circumstances, Reichenbach and Blum’s romance blossoms. An Irrepressible Woman features an incredible performance by Elsa Zylberstein in the title role.


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An Irrepressible Woman:

A Discussion of the Holocaust in France – Kristallnacht Commemoration 2020

Tuesday, Nov. 10 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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