Sunday, October 14, 2012

GRJC Movie Day- Sunday!

I can't go but here's the 411 on Movie Day!

Glen Rock Jewish Center
It's Show Time!
Sunday, October 21 at 4:00 pm

Glen Rock Jewish Center Film Series Kicks Off Second Season with "Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald"
Date: Sunday, October 21
Place: Glen Rock Jewish Center -- 682 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, NJ
Time: 4:00 pm
Fee: $10/person,includes popcorn, snacks, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Open to the public.
Contact: GRJC Office at 201-652-6624

The film's director, Rob Cohen will lead a discussion following the film.
By late 1944, World War II appeared to be nearing its bloody end. In the East, the Soviet Army had pushed the Nazi war machine back toward Germany's borders, while from the West, the US and British armies were advancing toward the Rhine. But even as the war's outcome became clearer ,the Nazis continued to carry out their effort to exterminate the Jews of Europe.
As the Nazis liquidated the extermination camps in the East, they forced tens of thousands of Jewish prisoners westward on death marches. Transports arrived at the Buchenwald concentration camp from Auschwitz in the winter of 1944/45. Unknown thousands of prisoners died on the way.
Upon seeing this influx of new prisoners, the Communist-led underground at Buchenwald, which administered the camp on a day-to-day basis, made a conscious decision to protect the youths who were among the newest inmates. They established a children's block, barrack 66, led by Antonin Kalina, a Czech Communist and his deputy, Gustav Schiller, a Polish Jew. The barrack was situated far away from the camp's main gate and far from the gaze of the Nazi SS. The underground strove until the last days of the war and beyond to keep the youths alive.
On April 11, 1945, Buchenwald was liberated. Nearly 1,000 boys survived. On April 11, 2010, sixty-five years later, several of the surviving boys from block 66 returned to Weimar and to Buchenwald. This is their story.

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