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Elena Horn
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Elena Horn, Alevtina Nepomniachtchikh
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The Lesson

Frondberg, a German farm town where Director Elena Horn grew up and first discovered her nation’s Nazi heritage, is the setting for this powerful documentary where she returns to her original high school to follow students over five years as they learn about the Holocaust. With a blend of memoir, archival footage, and extraordinarily candid classroom interviews, she shows how outrage is erased when historical awareness fades – 40% of German children don’t even know what Auschwitz is. This spirited tribute to education reveals the transformative power of cultivating empathy to help instill emotional memories in those with no real connection to the past.

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