Festival features docs on WW II, postwar

Festival features docs on WW II, postwar

In Our Own Hands
In Our Own Hands

The Israel Support Committee of Central NJ will hold an Israel Classic Documentary Film Festival in January.

Each movie depicts the plight of European Jews during and immediately after World War II. Screenings will be on three Sundays, at 2:30 p.m. at member synagogues. 

The Long Way Home, Jan. 10, Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah, Clark 

This Academy Award-winning film tells of the tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors searching Europe for remaining family members. They left refugee camps to make clandestine attempts to get past the British blockades of Palestine to create a Jewish homeland. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. 

In Our Own Hands, Jan. 24, Temple Emanu-El, Westfield

During the final weeks of World War II, the British allowed the Jewish Brigade to go into combat; they scored multiple victories over Nazi units. Later, the soldiers formed secret squads to find and assassinate Nazi officers in hiding and worked to bring survivors to Palestine. Brigade veterans helped lead the newly formed Israel Defense Forces in the War of Independence. 

Into the Arms of Strangers, Jan. 31, Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains.

Through the Kindertransport program, 10,000 Jewish children were sent from German-held lands to foster homes in Great Britain. Some built new family ties; others found ways to liberate their parents. Narrated by Dame Judi Dench, the film includes archival footage featuring remembrances by child survivors, parents, and rescuers. Cosponsored by CBI Second and Third Generation Holocaust Survivors.

The free screenings are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Contact conradwho@gmail.com or 908-531-8228.

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