A Documentary Film by Ann Michel ’77 and Philip Wilde ’73
The New York City premiere of this documentary film brings us to the filmmaker’s discovery of her grandparents’ confiscated pre-World War II estate and her own German Jewish heritage, and records the work of a Cornell University architecture team to design creative new uses for the site. With filmmakers Ann Michel ’77 and Phil Wilde ’73, and Cornell Architecture Professor Aleksandr Mergold. Reception to follow.
Ann Michel had been completely unaware that her German roots were actually German-Jewish, a fact her family had kept secret for years. Camera-in-hand she heads to Poland to tell the story of her prosperous family in Silesia. To envision a future for this charismatic ruined estate, and as a tonic to ameliorate past sins, she invites American students of architecture to join her journey into the past and the future.
Sponsored by the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; Jewish Studies — Cornell University; Cornell University ILR School; Center for Jewish History; Leo Baeck Institute — New York; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and with appreciation for the support of the Center for Jewish History’s Founder/Co-Chair, Bruce E. Slovin ’57.