Join the Mattatuck Museum for Cinema Spring beginning with a screening of Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said ‘No’ to the Nazis on Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The movie will conclude with a discussion featuring filmmaker Scott Sniffen and others in the documentary including Rev. Shannon Rye Wall from the South Britain Congregational Church.
The film tells the story of when, in the 1930s, the German American Bund was building training camps across the US. The Bund was directly connected with the Nazi party in Germany and organized and aligned itself with Nazi beliefs and goals.
In 1937, two years before the Nazis declared war on the US and before the Holocaust, the Bund planned to build the largest camp in the US in Southbury, CT. But in this small farming community of about 1,200 people, influential religious leaders and officials sensed danger in a plan to build such a camp and the town rallied residents to block it.
Using newsreel footage, vintage newspaper articles and personal documents, the film recounts how Southbury raised opposition after it became apparent that the land was going to be used by the Bund, which promoted the anti-Semitic policies of the Nazis.
Admittance to this film is free with Museum admission. Join the museum to immediately qualify for member benefits. Please register in advance at www.MattatuckMuseum.org or by calling (203) 753-0381 ext. 110.
Visit www.MattatuckMuseum.org or call (203) 753-0381 for more information on all of the museum’s adult and children’s programs, events and exhibits. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development, CT Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 16 world-class museums and historic sites (www.arttrail.org). Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free parking is located behind the building on Park Place.