Tuesday, March 28, 4:30pm
Student Union Movie Theater, UNC Charlotte Main Campus
Director Sabine Gölz and Oleg Timofeyev
2016, 106 min
in German, with subtitles
Lecture by co-director Dr. Timofeyev before the film at 4:30pm.
Dr. Timofeyev will discuss the life achievements of Richard Gölz and the reasons why he is not as well known as he should be, even in Germany.
Richard Gölz was in the zenith of his career when Hitler came to power. Gölz openly opposed the new regime. Gölz, refused the oath to Hitler. A father of five, amid income cuts and reprisals, he mentored and financially supported younger oppositional colleagues. He hid fugitive Jews in his home. In 1944, Gölz was arrested and imprisoned in the concentration camp in Welzheim.
One of the main achievements of Richard Gölz is that he re-introduced music into the pulpit-centered German Protestant Church. Tireless teacher, visionary scholar and editor, passionate promoter of the power of music, Gölz became known as “The Cantor of Swabia.”
After the war, he distanced himself from the Protestant Church. Interested in Slavic liturgy, and already fluent in five languages, he learned Old Church Slavonic. In 1950, he was ordained as a Russian Orthodox priest.
Today Richard Gölz is remembered in Yad Vashem.