Author of "The Holocaust Film Bible: 75 Years of Narrative Holocaust Film". Holocaust & Jewish Film expert at Yad Vashem.
A Holocaust & Jewish Film expert at Yad Vashem, Rich teaches educators worldwide, teaching the Holocaust using film. He also lectured at Young Judaea Year Course (AJU accredited). Rich has been involved with Hollywood since 1990 when he created The Transcription Company, used by every Hollywood studio and TV network. He started teaching Jewish & Holocaust film in 2010.
I had the distinct pleasure of participating in Rich’s presentation, “Teaching the Holocaust with Film,” at Yad Vashem’s 10th International Conference on Holocaust Education. His mastery of the material is astounding, bested only by his ability to communicate it. No stranger to the study of Hollywood’s portrayal of the Holocaust, I walked away with more new information than I could have imagined.— Robin Axelrod, LMSW, CPCC, JD, Holocaust Memorial Center • Zekelman Family Campus, Senior Educator, Farmington Hills, Michigan, Seminar at Yad Vashem
Twice at Yad Vashem, in 2015 and 2018, I have enjoyed Rich's “Holocaust Films in the Classroom”. Rich tackles this difficult subject with energy and authority. With so many Holocaust movies to consider, his views of films' strengths and weaknesses are very helpful. Rich's expert observations, surprising anecdotes, and use of humor make his presentations very entertaining and memorable.— Mark Hancock, Associate Producer of “Lesson Plan,” the Wave documentary film, Seattle, Washington, Seminar at Yad Vashem
After Rich's 2015 lecture, I significantly changed my presentation of the Holocaust in film to my high school students. He delivers with energy, healthy sarcasm, & sharp humor. Rich also brings new ideas each time he speaks. His opinions are well-researched & substantiated. Hearing Rich again in 2018 reinforced my opinion: any Holocaust-interested audience would benefit from Rich's presentations.— Lev Berner, Educator, Montreal, Quebec, Seminar at Yad Vashem
Professor Brownstein uses quick wit and vast film knowledge to make the heavy subject of the Holocaust tangible. Breaking down a daunting array of film, he is profound and honest, teaching with the unique perspective of Hollywood and psychology, allowing attendees to reassess, not only their view of the immediate subject, but also how to relate to the world and to information in general.— Hannah Rosenbloom, Student, Portland, Oregon, Seminar at Bar Ilan University
Articulate, witty, and compelling, Rich applies energy & considerable expertise to film analysis. Whether addressing beginning or well-versed students, he engages, informs, and captivates. This dynamic speaker who, by turns, educates, entertains, & encourages his audience to think critically. Above all, Rich is a truth teller — which is most needed in the realm of Holocaust films. Hear him.— Victoria McCabe, Ph.D., Director, Regis University's "The Commitment Program", Denver, Colorado, Seminar at Yad Vashem
I had the pleasure of attending Rich memorable presentation in 2016. I use film in my classroom and was thrilled to receive an expert’s opinion of teaching Holocaust films. Rich demonstrates his knowledge and passionate commitment to a difficult subject with intermittent moments of intelligible humor and sarcasm. I gained valuable information, new perspectives, and hope to learn from him again!— Stacey Nowack, Vice President, Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Seminar at Yad Vashem
I've had the pleasure of knowing Rich for 6 years now. I was a student of his in Israel during Young Judaea Year Course, and he was an exemplary professor and lecturer. Rich has a charismatic way of teaching that stimulates his students' minds, while remaining captivating and authentic. I give my full endorsement and am confident that he will continue to inspire future audiences around the world.— Marissa Kashkett, Postgraduate student at King's College London, Former student at Young Judaea Year Course, Jerusalem