Those Who Remained
Virtual Series October 31 to November 3, 2020
Live virtual panel discussion November 2, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Sponsored by: Victoria Shoah Project

Beautifully and sensitively scripted film portraying the healing effect of love between two traumatized Holocaust survivors in postwar Budapest. The main characters, a doctor and a teenaged woman who both lost their families in the camps, find solace in each other as surrogates for lost parents and children.

The script is cleverly penned and the acting and direction is excellent. The cinematography has a definite bleakness, reflective of not only Hungary after the war but as a prelude to the Stalinist postwar years.

Farley Cates Selection Jury

Director: Barnabás Tóth
Year: 2019
Country: Hungary
Language: Hungarian w/ English Subtitles
Runtime: 88 minutes
Genre: Drama
Awards: Winner of 4 Hungarian Film Academy Awards, including: Best Picture of the Year, Best Director (Barnabás Tóth), Best Screenplay (Barnabás Tóth and Klara Muhi), Best Actor (Károly Hajduk)
Shortlist Selection (Hungary) Best International Feature Film 2020 Academy Awards

Live Virtual Panel Discussion
“Surviving after the Shoah.”: An exploration of surviving trauma and finding resilience. How survivors rebuilt their lives in Hungary while navigating the new pro-soviet regime.

Moderator: Frances Grunberg
Panelist: Robert Oppenheimer
Panelist: Dániel Péter Biró
Panelist: Charlotte Schallié

Robert Oppenheimer is a clinical psychologist with experience working with traumatized children and youth. He is a children’s and human rights advocate and is active in Holocaust education and memorial work. Through his work with Greater Victoria Acting Together ( Robert is also involved in efforts to challenge the mistreatment of indigenous peoples and other forms of racism in Canada today.  Robert’s father Alfred grew up in Cologne, Germany and lived through the early years of the Nazi regime as a child, before escaping to London. Robert lost many family members in the Shoah and identifies as a member of the second generation.

Dániel Péter Biró is Professor for Composition at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen in Norway. He studied in Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Israel before receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2004. His dissertation included a comparative study of Hungarian Laments, Jewish Torah trope and tenth century Christian plainchant from St. Gall. Awarded the Hungarian Government’s Kodály Scholarship for Hungarian composers, Dr. Biró has researched Hungarian folk music at the Academy of   Science in Budapest and Jewish and Islamic chant in Israel and the Netherlands. 

From 2004-2009 he was Assistant Professor and from 2009-2018 Associate Professor for Composition and Music Theory at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada. In 2010 he received the Gigahertz Production Prize from the ZKM-Center for Art and Media. In 2011 he was Visiting Professor at Utrecht University and in 2014-2015 Research Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. In 2015 he was elected to the College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists of the Royal Society of Canada. 

In 2017 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Since 2018 he was Associate Professor and since 2019 Professor for Composition at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen. There he leads the Grieg Academy Composition Research Group. In 2019 his extensive composition cycle Mishaptim (Laws) was released by NEOS Music. His music is published by Edition Gravis (Berlin). Dániel Péter Biró has been commissioned by prominent musicians, ensembles and festivals and his compositions are performed around the world.


Charlotte Schallié is a professor of Germanic Studies and chair of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her research interests include representations of the Shoah in literature and film, oral history, visual storytelling, Jewish identity in contemporary cultural discourse, and Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust. Together with Agnes Hirschi, she published Under Swiss Protection: Jewish Eyewitness Accounts from Wartime Budapest. Ibidem, 2017 (Limmat Verlag 2020, Kalligram 2019).