Craig Richardson interviewed Colorado Springs-based filmmaker Cyd Chartier Cohn this past week about her documentary on Colorado College professor Fred Sondermann’s journey back to Germany in 1969:

In 1969, when Fred Sondermann was presented with the opportunity to return to his native Germany, thirty years after he and his parents narrowly escaped to the United States just days before the outbreak of WWII, he said yes. Dr. Sondermann, a Jew and a political science professor at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, traveled with his wife and three children to Germany for four months. And though the trip’s purpose was ostensibly professional, Sondermann found that he was affected most deeply by the return to his childhood hometown, Horn. This first-person narrative, adapted from Sondermann’s memoirs of the trip, walks the viewer through the experience, contemplating victimization, the nature of blame, the appropriate issuance of forgiveness, and the determination to move forward unburdened by ghosts of the past.

Return will air on Channel 8 tongight, November 10, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

 

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