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May 2021
free program but pre-registration required

Faye Schulman, Partisan and Photographer

May 9
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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This Mother’s Day program remembers the brave partisan Faye Schulman, whose photographs are the only visual record of the resistance action of the Polish partisans. The program is co-presented with the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF) and will be moderated by Mitch Braff.
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Spy Princess — The Story of Noor Inayat Khan

May 16

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Books available! We are offering signed and inscribed copies of the best-selling historical thriller Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan by Shrabani Basu in conjunction with this program. Price: $18 + shipping.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Shrabani Basu - Copy (1)Shrabani Basu is a journalist and best-selling author. Her books include The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer: Arthur Conan Doyle, George Edalji and the Case of the Foreigner in the English Village, For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant (now a major motion picture), Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan, and Curry: The Story of the Nation’s Favourite DishShe is the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust which campaigned for a memorial for the World War II heroine in London. It was unveiled by Princess Anne in 2012. 

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Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me

May 23
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK

7 PM LONDON

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Felix Mendelssohn was a child prodigy pianist and composer who was famous from a young age. Born into an illustrious Berlin Jewish family (his grandfather was the theologian Moses Mendelssohn who began the assimilation of Jews into German society), Felix was baptised Lutheran, along with his siblings, at the age of seven, in part because at that time Jews in Germany did not have full civil rights. For the rest of his short life (he died at age 38), Mendelssohn strove to unite the two religions in his music, continuing what his grandfather had begun. He became one of Germany’s most beloved composers, and millions of brides have walked down the aisle to his Wedding March. One hundred years later the Nazis came to power, banned Mendelssohn’s music in Germany and re-classified his (mainly Lutheran) descendants as Jews, threatening their lives. One of these descendants, the filmmaker Sheila Hayman, decided to tell her family’s story on screen. Her wide-ranging and fascinating film is about the madness of labels and the unifying power of music.


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free but registration required; film rental

Sousa Mendes Remembered

May 30
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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On this Memorial Day program we honor the memory of the Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes with a panel featuring former Congressman Tony Coelho, who was instrumental in bringing justice for this hero in his home country of Portugal, and two granddaughters of Sousa Mendes: Sheila Abranches-Pierce and Angelina Mendes Muetzel. The program will be moderated by Robert Jacobvitz, a pioneer in the effort to have Sousa Mendes recognized for his action to save Jews and other refugees from the Holocaust. (more…)

June 2021
free; optional film rental

Ben Ferencz, World War II Veteran and the Last Surviving Prosecutor of the Nuremberg Trials, Interviewed by Dr. Yael Danieli

June 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Special D-Day program! Benjamin Ferencz was the Chief Prosecutor for the United States in the Einsatzgruppen Case, which the Associated Press called “the biggest murder trial in history.” Twenty-two defendants were charged with murdering over a million people. He was only twenty-seven years old, and it was his first case.   (more…)

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The Rescuers

June 13
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK

7 PM LONDON • 9 PM JERUSALEM

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What is the mystery of goodness?  This question is at the core of the film The Rescuers by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King who examines the stories of a dozen diplomat rescuers during the Holocaust. The film follows Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist, and Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, as they travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats. A powerful and important film!
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July 2021
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Weapons of the Spirit

July 11
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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Pierre Sauvage‘s acclaimed film Weapons of the Spirit tells the dramatic true story of the area of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, where as many as 5,000 Jews may have been sheltered by some 5,000 Christians during World War II. This is a story Sauvage was born to tell: born in Le Chambon as a hidden child in 1944, he returned to the village as an adult to probe and recount this unique “conspiracy of goodness.” (more…)

free program but registration required; optional film rental

Let my people go! The Rescue of Soviet Jewry

July 18
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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The rescue of Soviet Jewry in the 1970s and 80s was a vast project involving grassroots initiatives working in partnership with the organized Jewish community and government officials. Meet Jerry Goodman, the founder and Executive Director of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, and other activists who struggled on behalf of refuseniks trapped behind the Iron Curtain.  (more…)

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Salud y Shalom: American Jews in the Spanish Civil War

July 25
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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In the 1930s, nearly 3,000 Americans embarked for Europe to join the democratically elected Spanish Republic in its effort to repel a military coup led by Francisco Franco. Franco had the support of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy.  Nearly one-third of the Americans who went to Spain to fight fascism were Jews. This program presents their story. (more…)

August 2021
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Abba Kovner, Hero and Witness

August 1
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK

7 PM LISBON • 9 PM JERUSALEM

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Abba Kovner was the leader of the Partisan resistance fighters in Vilna during World War II. He made aliyah in 1947 and became a celebrated Israeli poet. In 1961 he was a star witness during the trial of Adolf Eichmann. He is one of the great Jewish figures of the twentieth century.
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