April 26, 2017 - 6:30 pm
April 26, 2017 - 8:30 pm
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In Jon Kean’s 2007 documentary Swimming in Auschwitz, six women—from different countries and diverse backgrounds—shared their unforgettable stories of surviving Auschwitz. After Auschwitz brings us into the next chapters of these remarkable women’s lives. Told by their liberators, “you’re free, go home,” the women faced the harsh reality of having neither homes nor families to whom they could return. Each of the six women had to decide where to go, what to do, and how “to become people again.” All six immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Los Angeles. They built new lives. They married, had children, and became active in their communities. They celebrated life, always aware of those who were missing. Ultimately, each woman had to find her own answer to the question, “Why did I survive?”
Film Screening, followed by Q&A with
film maker Jon Kean & Survivor Erika Jacoby
Santa Monica based film maker Jon Kean is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He has created original theatre in Los Angeles and New York and has directed film since 1997. He is currently completing the documentary Mythical Creatures about artist Gary Baseman.
Erika Jacoby is a clinical social worker in Los Angeles, and the author of I Held the Sun in My Hands, a memoir of how she and her mother endured and outlasted the atrocities and deprivations of the Nazi persecutors, while never losing her faith in God.
Sponsored by the
Student Leadership Council of the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
Cosponsored by the
Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA Hillel
Bearing Witness at UCLA Hillel
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