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Virtual film and discussion: A Wing and a Prayer

November 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

| free but registration required
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An American hero you never learned about in school! This film tells the remarkable yet little known story of Al Schwimmer, a TWA flight engineer who assembled a group of American pilots and others to rescue the newborn state of Israel. They succeeded in their secret and daring mission but were tried and convicted by the US government.  “Al Schwimmer is the greatest gift America gave Israel.” – David Ben-Gurion

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WATCH THE TRAILER

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THE SCHEDULE

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⇒ November 6-8, any time, watch the film on your home device. A link will be provided to all who register.

⇒ November 8 at 4:00 p.m. US Eastern Time, tune into the discussion with our distinguished panelists.  A link will be provided to all who register.

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MEET THE SPEAKERS

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Eliyana R. Adler is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Penn State University. Her current work focuses on the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust, and she is the historical consultant for Penn State’s Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Education Initiative. She is the author of Survival on the Margins: Polish Jewish Refugees in the Wartime Soviet Union (2020) and In Her Hands: The Education of Jewish Girls in Tsarist Russia (2011). She is co-editor of Jewish and Romani Families in the Holocaust and its Aftermath (2020); Reconstructing the Old Country: American Jewry in the Post-Holocaust Decades (2017); Polin 30: Jewish Education in Eastern Europe (2018) and Jewish Literature and History: An Interdisciplinary Conversation (2008).

Boaz headshot (1)Israeli-American filmmaker Boaz Dvir tells stories of ordinary people who transform into trailblazers: an inner-city schoolteacher who becomes a disruptive innovator (Discovering Gloria); a truck driver who becomes a child-protection activist (Jessie’s Dad); a Holocaust survivor who sets out to kill his father’s Nazi executioner (Cojot); and a flight engineer who leads a secret, illegal operation to prevent what he views as a second Holocaust (A Wing and a Prayer, winner of Best Documentary at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival). He serves on the Journalism faculty of Penn State University, where he also directs the Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Education Initiative. He is the author of Saving Israel (2020).

Harold Rothstein, now 98 years old, was one of the pilots who worked with Al Schwimmer in the secret operation to save the newborn state of Israel in 1948. He also flew numerous missions to bring Holocaust survivors to Israel. To see his story, click here.

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This program is co-sponsored by the Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Education Initiative at Penn State University.

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Registration is required and will close on Thursday, November 5 at 10 PM US Eastern Time.

Please register ONLY ONCE.  Thank you!

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Details

Date:
November 8
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost:
free but registration required
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