Nov 8, 2020

Kristallnacht Virtual Program

This year, even more than ever, we are honored to mark Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) and keep the memories alive of our Survivors and their stories. In an effort to commemorate Kristallnacht together amidst the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proudly partnering with the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation to launch a virtual program featuring a specially curated selection of acclaimed Holocaust-themed movies that are available to stream online for free.

Join us to reflect upon this tragedy, remember those who perished, and honor our Survivors. It is now more important than ever to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, as it is a powerful reminder about how to treat one another and how we behave as humans in the face of adversity. For more than two decades, education has been the cornerstone of the Miami Jewish Film Festival's programming, and we are proud to be able to offer this extensive virtual program to our community for free. If you value this program and all that MJFF provides year-round to our community, then consider supporting us by donating or becoming a Member today so we can continue educating our community through our dynamic programs.

All of the eight films featured in the virtual program are available to watch online starting Sunday, November 8 until Monday, November 9. You can find the complete Kristallnacht virtual film program below:

The Buchenwald Ball (2006)

The Buchenwald Ball is an uplifting story that celebrates survival. Full of swagger and joie de vivre, the documentary tells the story of 45 orphans who survived the Holocaust and settled after World War II in Australia, where they celebrate the anniversary of their liberation from Buchenwald with a gala ball on the day of their liberation, April 11, 1945.

Chichinette: The Accidental Spy (2019)

Born near the German border in Metz, France, Marthe Cohn took advantage of her German accent and blond hair to become a spy for the French resistance, masquerading as a nurse behind enemy lines. Sixty years later, she shares her remarkable story.

The Forgotten Ones (2019)

This documentary brings to light for the first time the holocaust of Yugoslav Jewry. Leading the investigation is young Israeli writer Stella, who is researching the nature of the extermination of Jews in each region of the country not just by the Nazis, but by the various nationalities that constituted Yugoslavia.

Monkey Business (2017)

The extraordinary lives of the husband and wife duo who together authored the beloved Curious George books are recounted in this touching documentary that explores their narrow escape from the Nazis to their adventures that inspired the internationally beloved character.

The Night of Broken Glass (2008)

Through rare footage, photographs, and documents, this powerful documentary reveals the background to the orgy of anti-Semitic violence that took place on November 9, 1938, when German soldiers set on fire some 400 synagogues and destroyed 7,000 Jewish stores and businesses.

Protektor (2011)

As the Nazis occupy Prague, radio host Emil Vrbata tries to protect his Jewish spouse, Hana, by collaborating with the Germans in this atmospheric drama that examines the role the media played during World War II. Despite Emil's broadcasting of enemy propaganda, Hana is threatened with internment and the couple's marriage reaches a turning point when a Nazi official is assassinated.

Torn (2004)

Can one be a Catholic priest and an Observant Jew at the same time? Twelve years after he was ordained as a Polish Catholic priest, Romuald Waszkinel discovers that he was born to Jewish parents and that his name was Jacob Weksler. The poignant film follows his amazing journey: from conducting mass in a church in Poland to life as an observant Jew in a religious kibbutz in Israel.

The Voyage of the St. Louis (1995)

In the summer of 1939, the German luxury liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg to Cuba carrying 937 German Jews. But hope turned to despair when Havana suddenly barred the ship’s entry. For thirty excruciating days, the St. Louis wandered the seas and was refused haven by every country in the Americas.

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