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Enjoy the Music – The Pianist Edith Kraus

Event Date & Time: 22nd March, 2015 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, WC1E 7HX, Room B35, Torrington Square main entrance
Speakers: Marita Barthel-Rösing, psychoanalyst and filmmaker and Professor Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London. Chair: Professor Sasha Roseneil, Birkbeck, University of London


This remarkable film-documentary tells the story of Edith Kraus a talented young Jewish pianist who survived the Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto by giving concerts.  Edith Kraus tells her story – of trauma and of life – in words and music.

The film is the result of five years of interviews with Edith Kraus and was made by German group analyst/psychoanalyst Marita Barthel-Rösing and her husband, Wilhelm Rösing a documentary filmmaker. The trust that develops over this time, between Edith, a survivor of the Holocaust and the filmmakers from the country of the perpetrators, gives rise to an extraordinary relationship that enables the thinking and telling of trauma to be explored in a powerful and moving way.

After the  film there will be short talks by Marita Barthel-Rösing, who will consider  ‘A Psychoanalytical Approach to the Recordings with Edith Kraus’, and Stephen Frosh who will respond to the film. Questions and answers and an open discussion will follow.



Play: Marita Barthel-Rösing, A Psychoanalytical Approach to the Recordings with Edith Kraus
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