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April 2020

Virtual Film and Discussion: Nobody Wants Us

April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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ūüé•‚ú®ūüćŅYou’re invited to join us for an online FILM AND DISCUSSION EVENT featuring the new documentary “Nobody Wants Us” ūüé•‚ú®ūüćŅ

About the film
In 1940, a ship called the S.S. QUANZA left the port of Lisbon carrying several hundred Jewish refugees to freedom. Most of them held life-saving visas issued by the Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes. But events went terribly wrong, and the passengers became trapped on the ship when no country would accept them. Nobody Wants Us Film tells the gripping true story of how Eleanor Roosevelt stepped in to save the passengers on board, believing them to be ‚Äúfuture patriotic Americans‚ÄĚ rather than ‚Äúundesirables‚ÄĚ as labeled by the US State Department. This is an episode in American history that everyone should know!

Following the film, join Holocaust survivor and educator Miriam Klein Kassenoff and award-winning PBS producer and independent filmmaker Laura Seltzer-Duny for a discussion of this little-known episode in Holocaust history and its relevance for today. The discussion will be moderated by Olivia Mattis, President of the Sousa Mendes Foundation.

More info at https://www.nobodywantsus.com/


Our Virtual Screening Plan:
2:00¬†p.m. EST: We meet virtually to say hello via a Zoom link that we’ll send to all of the attendees.

2:15 p.m. EST: We watch the film.

3:00 p.m. EST: After the screening, we will discuss the film, its context and its relevance to today.

PLEASE NOTE:  Registration will close on Wednesday, April 22 at 10 p.m. US Eastern time.

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May 2020

Virtual Film and Discussion: Passports to Paraguay

May 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The Sousa Mendes Foundation presents Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, world expert on Holocaust rescue, and Ambassador Jakub Kumoch of Poland, who will discuss the film Passports to Paraguay.  


Mother’s Day Book Talk with Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff and Joan Arnay Halperin

May 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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You’re invited to join Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Holocaust educator and child refugee survivor, for a Mother’s Day dialogue with Joan Arnay Halperin, author of¬†My Sister’s Eyes: A Family Chronicle of Rescue and Loss During World War II¬†on the topics of love, loss, and survival.¬† Q&A to follow.¬† Please note that the time given is US Eastern Time.


Virtual Film and Discussion: Persona Non Grata

May 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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You’re invited to join us for an online¬†film-and-discussion event¬†about the award-winning¬†feature film¬†Persona Non Grata¬†by¬†Cellin Gluck¬†and starring¬†Toshiaki Karasawa as the Holocaust rescuer Chiune “Sempo” Sugihara.


Virtual Film and Discussion: Disobedience, The Sousa Mendes Story

May 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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You’re invited to join us for an online film-and-discussion event featuring the award-winning docudrama Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story by Joel Santoni and starring Bernard Le Coq as the Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes.


Virtual Film and Discussion: Truus’ Children, the story of a Dutch superwoman who saved innocent lives

May 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Truus WijsmullerPlease join us for a sneak preview of the not-yet-released film Truus’ Children about the life-saving action of the Dutch rescuer Gertruuda (“Truus”) Wijsmuller¬†(photo shown here). Her chutzpah brought her face to face with Adolf Eichmann, from whom she obtained permission in December of 1938 to save 600 Jewish children from Vienna.¬† This was the first Kindertransport, in what eventually became a major operation that sent approximately 10,000 Jewish children to the United Kingdom from Germany, Austria, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. She was named Righteous Among the Nations in 1967, and yet her story is still barely known.¬†¬†This event is not to be missed!


June 2020

Virtual Film and Discussion: Ahead of Time, The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

June 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This prize-winning film documents the life of Ruth Gruber (1911-2016),¬†an American photojournalist and writer who defied tradition in a career that spanned more than seven decades. The New York Times called her “a fearless chronicler of the Jewish struggle.” She escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946 and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. Her relationships with world leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and David Ben Gurion gave her a front-row seat to history. The film captures the drama of her long and extraordinary life as she lent her camera lens ‚Äď and her heart ‚Äď to refugees of war.¬†¬†An inspiring story of a life well-lived!


Virtual Film and Discussion: Nicky’s Family

June 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Psychologist Dr. Eva Fogelman will be in dialogue¬†with Columbia University Film Professor Dr. Annette Insdorf about this moving documentary directed by¬†Matej Minac. Nicholas Winton organized¬†the rescue of 669 children just before the outbreak of WWII as part of the Kindertransport project. Winton kept silent about his exploits until his wife uncovered a suitcase in the attic full of documents and transport plans fifty years later. The psychological effects on the child survivors and the parents who let them go were profound. (more…)

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Father’s Day virtual program — Jacob Lotenberg and the Green Suitcase

June 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Virtual event: The Power of Music

June 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Screen Shot 2020-06-19 at 2.11.03 PMMusic has the unique power to transport an individual outside of the¬†here and now.¬† This event is a demonstration of that power.¬†¬†We will begin by watching the Oscar-winning short documentary film The Lady in Number 6 — Music Saved My Life¬†(38 minutes) about the extraordinary life of concert pianist and¬†Holocaust survivor¬†Alice¬†Herz Sommer.¬† Then we will be treated to a musical¬†response to this tender and¬†touching film by singers¬†Cantor Arianne Brown¬†and¬†Stephan Kirchgraber¬†and composer/pianist¬†Neely Bruce.¬† Not to be missed!


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