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No Place on Earth

October 30

| free program; registration required
No Place on Earth

1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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In 1942, 38 men, women and children slid down a cold, muddy hole in the ground, seeking refuge from the war above in a pitch-black underground world where no human had gone before. These five Ukrainian Jewish families created their own society where young men bravely ventured into the harrowing night to collect food, supplies and chop firewood. The girls and women never left, surviving underground longer than anyone in recorded history. Held together by an iron-willed matriarch, after 511 days, the cave dwellers, ages 2 to 76, emerged at war’s end in tattered clothes, blinded by a sun some children forgot existed. Despite all odds, they had survived. The remarkable true story of No Place on Earth starts out as a mystery. While exploring some of the longest caves in the world in southwestern Ukraine in the 1990s, American caver Chris Nicola stumbled upon unusual objects… a shoe a comb, some buttons, a key. Was the vague rumor true, that some Jews had hidden in this cave during WWII and if so, had any survived to tell their tale? 67 years later, Chris leads four of the survivors back to Ukraine to say thank you to the cave.

 

THE SCHEDULE

⇒ October 28-31, watch the film No Place on Earth on your home device. A link will be provided to all who register.

⇒ Sunday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m. US Eastern Time, tune into the program with explorer Chris Nicola and other panelists to be announced.  A link will be provided to all who register.

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SEE THE TRAILER

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MEET THE SPEAKER

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Chris NicolaChris Nicola is the cave explorer who uncovered the evidence that Jewish families had inhabited the caves of Ukraine during World War II. A New York law enforcement officer and union organizer, he has been an amateur explorer since the 1970s. He founded the Priest’s Grotto Heritage Project, a genocide awareness project in which the grandchildren of those who lived in Priest’s Grotto Cave during the Holocaust work hand-in-hand with the grandchildren of those who lived above the cave in building an exhibit to honor what those courageous families did so long ago, and hopefully, by keeping this story alive, prevent such genocides as the Holocaust from ever happening again. 

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Registration for this program will open at a later date.

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Date:
October 30
Cost:
free program; registration required
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