American Academy in Berlin, Germany (2012)Filmmaker present
University of Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany (2012) Filmmaker present
Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel (2012) Filmmaker present
Charter Oak Cultural Center/University of Hartford/Wadsworth Atheneum, CT 2011
Wechsler received the Charter Oak Cultural Center's Miller Reel Jewish Woman Filmmaker Award
Harvard University (2011)Filmmaker present
Tufts University (2011)Filmmaker present
North American Premiere, Brandeis University (2011) Filmmaker present
Alliance Israelite Universelle, Paris, France (2011) Filmmaker present
Filmmaker and art historian Judith Glatzer Wechsler’s new documentary is a moving portrait of the life and work of her revered father and scholar Nahum N. Glatzer (1903-1990). Glatzer was professor of Jewish history and philosophy in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University from 1951- 1973. A foremost disciple of philosopher Franz Rosenzweig, Glatzer succeeded Martin Buber (pictured above with Glatzer) at the University of Frankfurt in 1932. Fleeing Hitler, the Glatzers immigrated to Palestine in 1933 and then on to the US, where he served as editor-in-chief of Schocken Books and published early English editions of Franz Kafka. With over 260 books and articles on Jewish history, philosophy, and midrashic literature, Glatzer was a pioneer in the field of Jewish Studies at Brandeis and throughout the United States.
"The film is fabulous!!!! I love it! Just amazing."
— Suzanna Heschel
"The life of an exemplary scholar and teacher — presented with artistic nuance, historical detail, and loving devotion."
— Michael Fishbane
"A truly magnificent film on the life of Nahum Glatzer. Captures both him and the German-Jewish intellectual heritage beautifully. Should not be missed!"
— Arthur Green
"Beautifully done. Deftly conveys a portrait of Glatzer, through the events through which he lived and how he navigated them as a scholar and as a committed Jew."
— Everett Fox
"The film is exquisitely crafted and a deeply moving — and instructive — homage to Nahum Glatzer."
— Paul Mendes Flohr
About Director Judith Glatzer Wechsler
Judith Glatzer Wechsler has directed 24 films and written books on subjects including Daumier and Cézanne. Wechsler has made films for the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum, PBS, the French National Museums (RMN), and the Comédie Française. Tufts University Professor of Art History Emerita, Wechsler has taught at Harvard, MIT, RISD, University of Paris, and Hebrew University. In 2007 she was awarded a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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Nahum N. Glatzer &
The German-Jewish Tradition
USA, 2011, 60 minutes
Directed by Judith Glatzer Wechsler
Public Exhibition formats: Beta, DVD