Steven Spielberg Film & Video Archive
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Motion Picture, Sound & Video Branch
U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
Cinematography of the Holocaust
Fritz Bauer Institut & Deutsches Filminstitut
Filmarchiv der Bundesarchivs, Berlin, Germany
Historian / Scholar
Historian / Scholar
I'll never forget when Dieter Kosslick first introduced me to Ronny Loewy in Berlin in 2004, the scholar who was acknowledged to be Germany's foremost expert on my father's film, NUREMBERG: ITS LESSON FOR TODAY/ NUERNBERG UND SEINE LEHRE. I thought "Who is this strange character?" And then I grew to know and love him. He taught me so much. His premature death is devastating for all of us who treasured his intellect, his insatiable curiosity, and his unique way of looking at the world. I will miss terribly his devotion to all the filmmakers whose work he cherished, elucidated and preserved — my father Stuart Schulberg and Victor Vicas among them. His passing comes as a tremendous shock. Thank goodness I interviewed him in Jerusalem in 2010, but that bit of video is a meager substitute for der wunderbarer Ronny.
— Sandra Schulberg
Ronny was a dear, supportive friend and colleague for more than 30 years. A dedicated, meticulous archivist, historian and documentarian, Ronny made tremendous contributions to our knowledge about Jewish and Holocaust cinema and rich legacy of Jewish cultural production. Ronny’s love of cinema included a deep respect for both the film materials and filmmakers. Ronnie was our primary and definitive source of information about Jewish films made in Europe during the 20th Century. His support and help in furthering the work of our National Center for Jewish Film, his wealth of knowledge and his good advice will be irreplaceable.
In the early 1980s, while at the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, Ronny worked closely with our National Center for Jewish film which was completing the restoration of several Yiddish films. Ronnie was the moving force behind bringing these film to Germany for the first time since before WWII. Ronny, along with Hans Peter Kochenrath, now deceased, was very instrumental in helping NCJF with the preservation of so many of the films in our collection.
Ronny’s research project “Films of the Holocaust” for the Fritz Bauer Institut in Frankfurt remains an invaluable and unparalleled resource. The culmination of a lifetime of historical research, the project includes a searchable database in German and English with information on 1,792 films referable to the Holocaust and Jewish life (including the Yiddish films). www.fritz-bauer-institut.de/cine-holocaust.html
Ronny was born in Tel Aviv in 1946. He studied Sociology in Frankfurt and Hannover. In 1984 he joined the staff of the German Film Institute in Frankfurt, where he directed the "Films of the Holocaust” program run in cooperation with the Fritz Bauer Institute.
In 1987 Ronny curated the exhibition "Von Babelsberg nach Hollywood. Filmemigration aus Nazideutschland" ("From Babelsberg to Hollywood: Film Emigration out of Nazi Germany"). From 1992 to 2005 he was co-publisher of the magazine Filmexil. He published extensively on cinema, including articles on Film in Exile, Holocaust & Film, Yiddish Cinema, Stanley Kubrick, Max Ophüls, Helmar Lerski, Meyer Levin, and Victor Vicas.
Loewy also made films. He directed THE YIDDISH CINEMA (1983); co-directed ONCE UPON A TIME IN YIDDISHLAND (1992) with Inge Classen; AUSCHWITZ - FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER (1995) with Cilly Kugelmann and Hanno Loewy; and WILLI MÜNZENBERG OR THE ART OF PROPAGANDA (1996) with Alexander Bohr.
Each July for more than 20 years, we would meet our friend Ronny at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, where we would debate politics and art, and we would watch movies, lots of movies. We send our condolences to his wife Gisela and his brothers Peter and Hanno Loewy <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
— Sharon Pucker Rivo & Lisa Rivo
Ronny Loewy was born in Tel Aviv in 1946. He studied Sociology in Frankfurt/Main and Hannover. In 1984 he joined the staff of the German Filmmuseum, now German Film Institute/Deutsches Filminstitut in Frankfurt, where he is project manager of "Cinematography of the Holocaust," a program that is run in cooperation with the Fritz Bauer Institute. In 1987 he was curating the exhibition "Von Babelsberg nach Hollywood. Filmemigration aus Nazideutschland" ("From Babelsberg to Hollywood. Film Emigration out of Nazi Germany").
From 1992 to 2005 he was co-publisher of the magazine Filmexil. He has written and published extensively on cinema, on "Film in Exile," ”Holocaust & Film”, “Yiddish Cinema", "Stanley Kubrick", "Max Ophüls", “Helmar Lerski”, “Meyer Levin”, and "Victor Vicas".
Loewy has also made films. He directed THE YIDDISH CINEMA (1983); co-directed ONCE UPON A TIME IN YIDDISHLAND (1992) with Inge Classen; AUSCHWITZ - FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER (1995) with Cilly Kugelmann and Hanno Loewy; and WILLI MÜNZENBERG OR THE ART OF PROPAGANDA (1996) with Alexander Bohr.
Loewy is considered one of the worldwide experts on the structure of Stuart Schulberg's film Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today (1948), for which he created a detailed shot list in 1998. This shot list can be found at (www.cine-holocaust.de):
He first met Sandra Schulberg in 2004, when he was asked by the Berlin Film Festival to co-present with her the original German version of the film, Nurnberg und seine Lehre, to the Berlinale audience. Later that year, during a visit to New York, he became the first scholar to examine and assess the historical importance of Stuart Schulberg's personal Nurembergfiles. Subsequently, he alerted Raye Farr at the Holocaust Museum in Washington of the importance of the documents, and a three-way collaboration was born.
Ronny Loewy lives in Frankfurt/Main.