Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. I learned while I was doing the research for our Jewish Holidays Cheat Sheet that the reason it falls now is that the Israeli government wanted the commemoration of the Holocaust to be tied to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. I just read a beautiful book about Catholic Poles who hid Jews in Warsaw during the war, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and another, more recent book about the heroic effort of archivists to preserve a record of the Warsaw ghetto, Who Will Write Our History? by Samuel Kassow. The story of something as huge and overwhelming as the Shoah is only accessible in small piece, individual stories.
Such a story is contained in the film Out of Faith, a documentary about the life of a Holocaust survivor and her relationship with her grandchildren in interfaith marriages. When the film was first released, we published a review of the film, an essay by the director of the film, Lisa Leeman and an essay the producer of the film, L. Marc DeAngelis. They had contrasting perspectives on interfaith marriage and how the Jewish community should deal with it. Leeman is herself the child of an interfaith marriage.
Now Out of Faith is showing on PBS stations around the US, so if you haven’t had a chance to see it, you have an opportunity. Here’s the schedule:
22 April / OPB Oregon, 11:00 pm
30 April / KUED Salt Lake City, UT, 07:00 pm
3 May / WQED Pittsburgh, PA, 05:00
10 May / KCET, Los Angeles, CA 4:00pm
The film is also available as a DVD.