“Dachau Dialogs” on September 23, 2018

Movie screening and discussion on the second anniversary of the death of Max Mannheimer

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 11:30 am
Cinema Dachau
Fraunhoferstraße 5

Dachau Dialogs
(D 2017, 73 min.)

Sister Elija Boßler, OCD
Michael Bernstein, director

Dr. Gabriele Hammermann,
Director of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Dr. Björn Mensing, Member of the Church Council of
Church of Reconciliation at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Admission: € 7.50.  Tickets can be reserved at the cinema by calling tel. +49 (0) 8131 / 26699. 

“Dachau Dialogs” is a film about the extraordinary, close friendship between Sister Elija Boßler from Karmel Heilig Blut Dachau and Jewish Dachau survivor Max Mannheimer. The film documents a dialog between these two so dissimilar people in October of 2015.

A discussion of the film will be held on the second anniversary of the death of Dr. h.c. Max Mannheimer (1920–2016) by the Dachau institutes and associations that had ties to the contemporary witness, President of the Lagergemeinschaft (Camp Community) and Vice President of the Comité International de Dachau, Max Mannheimer.

Sister Elija and director Michael Bernstein will be on hand to answer questions from the audience after the screening. The discussion will also consider how to keep alive the memory of this great philanthropist and bridge builder.


Schwester ElijaSister Elija Boßler, born 1943, has been living for more than fifty years as a Carmelite at Karmel Heilig Blut in Dachau adjacent to the former concentration camp. She made the acquaintance of Max Mannheimer in 1988 and was his close confidante until his death. They regularly joined together to organize exhibitions of his paintings, which he created under the name of ben jakov.


Max Mannheimer im Gespräch mit Schwester ElijaMax Mannheimer (1920-2016) survived the camps at Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Warsaw, Dachau, Karlsfeld and Mühldorf before he was liberated in 1945. For decades, he spoke about what he had had to endure back then, campaigned for an appropriate manner of remembrance and simultaneously acted as a conciliator. He was honored many times over for his dedication.


A joint event by Comité International de Dachau, Dachauer Forum e. V., Evangelische Versöhnungskirche in der KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau, Förderverein für Internationale Jugendbegegnung und Gedenkstättenarbeit in Dachau e. V., Lagergemeinschaft Dachau, Katholische Seelsorge an der KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau, Karmel Heilig Blut, KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau, Max Mannheimer Haus – Studienzentrum und Internationales Jugendgästehaus, Stadt Dachau and Stiftung Bayerische Gedenkstätten.