The catalogue in collaboration with our art project in Rostock has been published. My husband Wyman Brent wrote an introductory text, I wrote and co-wrote three articles on the history of certain symbols in art history as well as on current art projects in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (East Germany). The art projects were created in connection with local associations („Vereine“), an integral part of German culture.
Al Jolson received a memorial stone at Jakovas Bunka’s Litvak memorial park near Plateliai, a small village in the North West of Lithuania, on September 17th, 2014. Jakovas Bunka recently passed away and was considered the last Jew in the town of Plunge, close to Plateliai. Bunka’s son Eugenijus, journalist, writer, and activist, is now leading the foundation. Jens J. Reinke, my partner at AJ-Images.com and my husband Wyman covered the event.
As of now, you can order my new book publication on Fictional Films in Nationalsocialist Germany online and/or at book stores within Germany. The book focuses on how Heimat (home) and Fremde (the foreign) are being portrayed and discussed in different genres of fictional German films between 1933 and 1945. Language of the book is German.
Ab sofort kann mein Buch „Der Spielfilm des Nationalsozialismus: Abgrenzung von der Fremde und Kampf für die Heimat“ online (z.B. auf amazon.de) bestellt werden. Aber auch auf einem traditionellen Gang in ein Buchgeschäft wird man fündig.
Hier ein kurzer Auschnitt aus der Kurzbeschreibung:
Was ist Heimat? Neben einer ortsgebundenen Dimension schließt eine Definition von Heimat doch auch soziokulturelle und zeitliche Dimensionen mit ein. Diese Studie untersucht die ‚Heimat‘- und ‚Fremde‘-Modelle in den Spielfilmen des Nationalsozialismus. Zentrale Rolle spielt dabei das Verhältnis von Medium und Ideologie. Kann es überhaupt unpolitische deutsche Spielfilme zwischen 1933 und 1945 geben?
Publication of an essay on ethnic theater in the United States (grade „A“, language: English). Here is the link.
Andrea and Wyman attended the 2012 Jolson Festival in Bromley, held by the Int’l. Al Jolson Society, UK. They gave a presentation on Andrea’s filmwork as well as on the Vilnius Jewish Public Library. They also interviewed Jolson biographer Michael Freedland. Once again, the organizers came up with an amazing UK Jolson weekend.
Andrea and Wyman got married on August 22, 2012 in Marion, South Carolina. On August 20, they attended a one-day Al Jolson Fesival on Long Island, NY organized by the Int’l. Al Jolson Society. The wedding took place at The Grove in Marion, SC. The couple spent a brief honeymoon in Charleston. Visit their wedding website here.
The Vilnius Jewish Public Library finally opened its doors on December 16, 2011! It is the first Jewish public library in Lithuania since the liquidation of the Vilna Ghetto in 1943. In 2004, Wyman Brent had the idea of founding this library in the city of Vilnius formerly known as Jerusalem of the North.
Here you can see the short film „Beautiful Dreamers“ which talks about the founding of the Vilnius Jewish Public Library as well as the story behind Andrea Oberheiden-Brent and Wyman Brent:
Kiel, October 2011: Andrea became one of two associate producers of Chip Deffaa’s „Seven Little Foys“ cast album.
For more information on the play and on the cast album, please visit Chip Deffaa’s website.