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Exploring Systemic Racism Through The Film The Eichmann Show

March 12, 2021 

9-11:00 am PT

In the light of the January 6th events at the US Capitol and the growing concern for the rise of white supremacy movements in this country and beyond, Gisela Wendling, Alan Briskin, and David Matthew Prior would like to invite you to explore the roots of white supremacy through a dialogue about the BBC Film The Eichmann Show (2015).


The film tells the story of the 1962 first globally televised trial in which Eichmann is prosecuted in Israel for his role in the Jewish Holocaust during WW II. The Eichmann Show combines scenes created for this film, footage from the actual trial and from concentration camps. The film lays bare that unless we go beyond blaming and prosecuting individuals for racists acts and grasp the underlying nature of systemic racism and what we contribute to it, supremacy will flourish again and again.


This film is an essential lens through which we can examine systemic racism wherever it is present.

These are some of the types of questions we are intending to explore:

  1. Question #1 How does systemic racism include and transcend personal prejudice or even the absence of individual prejudice?
  2. Question #2What motivates a person to combat injustice at the systems level?
  3. Question #3… Is evil the result of individual maladjustment or representative of a collective shadow?

Please watch the film on Netflix before the program. Here is the link.