Jewish Studies Program, Institute of Advanced Theology, and The Rhinebeck Reformed Church, and The Jewish Federation of Dutchess County Present
A Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Donna Kanter
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
6:30pm Screening and Discussion
The film encourages discussion on the new oral tradition that belongs uniquely to adult children of Shoah survivors. Few of their stories have ever been told.
We follow Fred Zaidman on his journey to trace his inherited trauma. Armed with only scant clues from his late parents who had survived concentration camps in Poland and Germany, Fred ventures into the unknown to tell his story for this first time.
With helpers in Poland, at Yad Vashem in Israel, at Bergen-Belsen, Germany - and with an unlikely source – a Baptist minister in Atlanta who guides us through a cemetery in Poland - Fred finds his roots, unshackles his pain and reconstructs his future.
We feature a Death March survivor from Fred’s ancestral town, Fred’s brother Martin – one of 1000 children born in the Bergen-Belsen DP camp – and discover living relatives in Israel among findings of those who perished in Poland.
Yad Vashem has called The Presence of Their Absence “a film for the ages." We are honored to be at the forefront of this groundbreaking tradition and look forward to sharing Fred’s courageous story.
For more information, call 845-758-7335, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema