SMLLC Research Seminar Series: Trauma Fiction History
Adam Ganz on ‘The Gestapo Minutes'
Adam Ganz (Media Arts, Royal Holloway) will discuss his recent radio play 'The Gestapo Minutes', first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2013 and which, taking an historical episode as its basis, fascinatingly explores power, ethics, guilt and trauma.
About the play:
‘Under the Nazis, Michel Oppenheim, lawyer, patriot and porcelain collector, is made head of the Jewish community in Mainz. The minutes of his regular meetings with Gestapo functionary Schwoerer survive. Civilly, they discuss the pettiest details of Nazi terror, and arrangements for the deportations east. Thanks to his non-Jewish wife Oppenheim survives. Once the war ends the tables are turned. Schwoerer begs Oppenheim for a testimonial, which could save him from a war crimes trial and execution. Oppenheimer must decide whether to help the man who sat across the table during the previous years of horror and humiliation.’
Adam Ganz is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, and also active as professional screenwriter and director for radio, film and television. His principal research interests focus on audiovisual narrative, with particular reference to the migration of audiovisual production processes to the digital, and on the TV development process and other forms of collaborative narrative including the collaboration between author and audience.
See also: http://www.radiotimes.com/episode/cmgtnm/the-gestapo-minutes
The play can be accessed prior to the event here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nfavq6ykvtm1vqi/1%20Track%2001.aiff