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Following a screening of the 60-minute documentary, director Netalie Braun will discuss “The Hangman” with faculty member and Benaroya Fellow in Israel Studies Smadar Ben-Natan.

The screening will start at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and the conversation at 8:00 p.m. PT.

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About the event

The 2010 documentary “The Hangman (Hatalyan)” profiles Shalom Nagar, the Yemenite Jew who guarded, and eventually executed, Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. In spite of Eichmann’s role as a key organizer of the Holocaust, Nagar didn’t wish to execute him.

The film reflects on the assignment of the executioner role to Nagar as illuminating the position of Mizrahi Jews in Holocaust memory in Israel. Nagar’s reflections on this experience, and on the meaning of capital punishment even in the face of unforgivable acts, brings up pressing questions of crime and punishment in our time.

Following a screening of the 60-minute documentary, faculty member Smadar Ben-Natan will discuss the film with its director, Netalie Braun, and facilitate a Q&A.

About the participants

Netalie Braun, wearing scarf in front of bookshelfNetalie Braun is an Israeli documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced several documentaries, most recently “Hope I’m in the Frame.”

Portrait of Smadar Ben-Natan, wearing a black button-up overcoat and blue-green patterened scarf, looking serious and confident, standing in front of a wall covered with colorful painted graffitiSmadar Ben-Natan is the Stroum Center’s 2020-2022 Benaroya Fellow in Israel Studies. She is a longtime Israeli human rights lawyer who completed her Ph.D. in the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel-Aviv University, and she specializes in law & society and international law, with a particular focus on the intersection of criminal justice, national security and human rights. She holds a Master in International Human Rights Law, with distinction, from the University of Oxford (2011), and an LLB from Tel-Aviv University (1995).

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