The Last Stage (Ostatni etap)

The Last Stage (Ostatni etap)November 27
Directed by Wanda Jakubowska
Poland, 1947, 110 minutes
In Polish with English subtitles

This powerful film focuses on Martha Weiss, a Jew sent to Auschwitz and chosen to serve as an interpreter. Director and co-writer Wanda Jakubowska shot the film on site in Auschwitz and drew on her own Holocaust experiences, giving the film a chilling sense of authenticity.

Introductory remarks and post screening discussion facilitated by Jennifer Kapczynski, Associate Professor of German, Washington University. Dr. Kapczynski’s research focuses primarily on 20th century literature and film. She is the author of The German Patient: Crisis and Recovery in Postwar Culture (2008) and the co-editor of A New History of German Cinema (2012).

The 2016 Sunday Afternoon Film Series is generously sponsored by Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg.
  • All screenings are free of charge and begin at 1:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
  • Films will be in English unless otherwise noted.
  • Please RSVP to each film by calling 314-442-3711 or by emailing
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