BALKAN JEWRY & THE HOLOCAUST
3:30pm THREE PROMISES: THE STORY OF THE KALEFS OF BELGRADE
Directors: Edward Serotta, Wolfgang Els, Stefan Sablic. Vienna 2011, 18 mins.
During the Holocaust more than 90% of Serbia’s Jewish families were destroyed. This is the story of Dona Bat Kalef and her daughters, Breda and Matilda. We are taken back into the Sephardic world of Jewish Belgrade before the war. Father Andrej Tumpej, a Catholic priest, hid Dona, Breda and Matilda under false names and had the girls sing in his choir every day to chase away the fear and hunger. After the war, Breda Kalef became Yugoslavia’s most famous mezzo soprano, and she saw to it that Father Tumpej would receive his Righteous Gentile award from Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem.
EMPTY BOXCARS NY PREMIERE
Director: Ed Gaffney. USA 2011, 82 mins. English.
Empty Boxcars features stories of four Sephardic survivors of the Shoah in the Balkans. Sabi Tchimino and Jamila Kolonomos describe the round-up and mass murder of 11,393 Jews from Bulgarian-occupied Thrace and Macedonia. Rabbi Haim Asa and Norbert Yasharoff describe Bulgaria’s “greatest contribution to European civilization:” the mass rescue of over 50,000 Jews. “He who saves a single soul, it is as if he saves the whole world” -- Talmud Sanhedrin. Post-screening discussion with Ed Gaffney; Dr. Jonathan Brent, Executive Director, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and others to be announced.
Theater: Center for Jewish History
Address: 15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Cost:$0.00 - $13.00
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