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"About a Village: Children of the High Woods"

Date: 03/12/2013

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: 710 Social Sciences

Cost: Free


The Center for Austrian Studies will host producer, writer and director John Swanson, whose film About a Village: Children of the High Woods, examines the meaning of home. Join us for the movie screening and discussion with Professor Swanson.

About the film:

Where is one’s true home? For Elsa Koch and her circle of friends this question is more complicated than for most of us. Born in a German-speaking village in southern Hungary, they were forced to leave after the Second World War, still children. Although they eventually succeeded in building their lives in post-war Germany, the transition was not easy. Having been expelled from Hungary as Germans—a measure sanctioned by the Allies in 1945—they were regarded as outsiders in Germany as well, often referred to as ‘Hungarian Gypsies.’ They had to suddenly become adults when they did not yet feel ready for it. No wonder that the small Hungarian village keeps occupying a special place in their hearts. They yearn for the uncomplicated world of their childhoods, where their lives were mapped out by the village streets and nothing could penetrate their sphere of joy and playfulness, not even the cruelties of war and politics. Is that world gone forever or have they managed to hold onto it throughout the past six decades? Is it in fact a physical place or more of an inner landscape? The viewer is free to reply to these questions or leave them unanswered. The characters in the film tell the story and express their occasionally conflicting views in their own words, leaving room for interpretation. This is a film about people who were affected by historical events and not a film about “history.”



  • Name: Center for Austrian Studies
  • E-mail: casahy@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-9811
  • Sponsored by: Austrian Studies, European Studies Consortium, Global Studies, Immigration History Research Center


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Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Institute for Global Studies at 612-624-9007.

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