Apr 19, 2020

Yom HaShoah Virtual Program

This year, even more than ever, we are honored to mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and keep the memories alive of our Survivors and their stories, while we all stay at home and try to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 to our loved ones. In an effort to commemorate Yom HaShoah together, we are proudly partnering with the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education to launch a virtual program featuring a specially curated selection of acclaimed Holocaust-themed movies that will be available to stream online for free.

It is now more important than ever to provide the lessons of the Holocaust, not only because this year is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of World War II, but because the Holocaust teaches us so much about how to treat one another and how we behave as humans in the face of adversity.

Each of the eight films featured in this virtual program have previously premiered at the Miami Jewish Film Festival and will be available to watch online starting Sunday, April 19 until Monday, April 20. You can find the complete list of films that will be presented in the Yom HaShoah virtual program below:

A Call to Remember (2018)

Miami Holocaust survivor David Schaecter tells his personal story of witnessing the horrific rise of Nazism, his dramatic escape from Auschwitz, and his lifelong dedication to remembering those who were lost. A Call to Remember received its World Premiere at the 2018 Miami Jewish Film Festival.

Big Sonia (2016)

One of the last Holocaust survivors left in Kansas City, Sonia Warshawski, maybe just shy of five feet tall, but her enormous, sparkling personality and stories of survival have earned her the nickname “Big Sonia.” Big Sonia received its Florida Premiere at the 2017 Miami Jewish Film Festival.

Cuba's Forgotten Jewels (2017)

A captivating documentary that explores the little-known story of the Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe and found a safe haven on the Caribbean island of Cuba. Cuba's Forgotten Jewels received its Florida Premiere at the 2018 Miami Jewish Film Festival.

Inside Hana's Suitcase (2009)

This fascinating documentary traces the quest of a group of Japanese schoolchildren and their teacher as they try to uncover the history of a suitcase inscribed with the name "Hanna Brady." Inside Hana's Suitcase received its Florida Premiere at the 2011 Miami Jewish Film Festival.

La Rafle (2010)

This gripping drama based on a true story follows the fate of three carefree Parisian boys and their families as Nazi officials and corrupt French collaborators arrest them along with thousands of other French Jews. La Rafle received its Florida Premiere at the 2011 Miami Jewish Film Festival.

The Rape of Europa (2006)

Joan Allen narrates this stirring documentary that chronicles 12 years of the Nazis' pillaging works of art throughout Europe and the international effort to locate, protect, and return millions of valuable treasures. The Rape of Europa received its Florida Premiere at the 2007 Miami Jewish Film Festival.

The Ritchie Boys (2004)

In this never-before-told tale, a handful of German nationals tell the story of how they used their language and cultural knowledge to wage psychological warfare against the Nazis and to liberate Europe. The Ritchie Boys received its Florida Premiere at the 2006 Miami Jewish Film Festival.

The Waldheim Waltz (2018)

This timely documentary revisits the chilling case of Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations Secretary-General who faced serious allegations surrounding his Nazi military exploits during WWII. The Waldheim Waltz received its Southeast US Premiere at the 2019 Miami Jewish Film Festival.

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