Jewish Heritage programming on City 12

Jewish Heritage programming on City 12

April and May, 2013

City 12 honors Jewish American Heritage Month and Holocaust Rememberance Day with special programming in April and May.

Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. - Prisoner of Her Past  An aging Holocaust survivor believes everyone is trying to kill her - sixty years after her tragic childhood. Her son travels the world to uncover his mother's secret past, along the way discovering a family he never knew he had and illuminating a little-known illness: late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. - Gefilte-Fish Chronicles  Peppy Barer and Rosie Groman, 86-year-old twin sisters narrate the story of how a family embraces the Passover holiday: not only to celebrate a religious event, but to stay spiritually and physically connected through traditional meal preparations. Passover brings the whole Dubroff family together, as the holiday begins with the "Seder," a meal where the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt, a journey out of slavery, is recounted in prose, song, and prayer. This film is filled with joy and love, family films, and photographs.

Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. - Living on: Remembering the Holocaust The Tennessee Holocaust Commission's efforts to interview and photograph all of the survivors and liberators of the Holocaust living in Tennessee. The one-hour documentary presents the powerful first-person testimony of the Holocaust survivors who re-settled in Tennessee after the war. These elderly men and women, many of whom were just young children at the start of World War II, remember the tragedy, fear and brutality of that time. Their compelling memories of "selections" and "liquidations," hiding from the Nazis and losing parents in concentration camps testify to the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable horror. 

Thursday, May 2 at 7p.m. - Return When 13-year-old Fred Sondermann escaped from Nazi Germany in 1939, on the eve of World War II, he never imagined he would return. His homeland held only horrific and traumatizing memories of discrimination, persecution and death. However, an opportunity in 1969 to spend a sabbatical in Germany represented a chance for Dr. Sondermann to make sense of, and peace with, his experiences. RETURN recounts Sondermann's remarkable journey to understanding, as he begins to appreciate the complexities and multiple realities of the time.

Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. - Finding Kalman A charismatic Holocaust survivor inspires her family to connect to relatives they never met. Focusing on her brother, Kalman, Anna recounts tales of a mischievous boy who tried to escape the Warsaw ghetto with her. Her daughter, an artist, devours the stories and paints his portrait over and over again. As Kalman’s face emerges on canvas, the film moves from archival Warsaw ghetto footage to summers in a Catskills bungalow colony—from vibrant family life before World War II to now.

Thursday, May 23 at 7p.m. - Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray This film explores the little-known sacrifices American Jews made on behalf of the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War. Recently unearthed personal narratives shed new light on this fascinating chapter in American history and powerfully illustrate the unique role Jews played on the battlefields and the home front. Narrated by Oscar®-nominated screenwriter John Milius (Apocalypse Now) and with Sam Waterston providing the voice of President Lincoln, this film chronicles Major General Ulysses S. Grant's infamous 1862 mandate to expel Jewish residents from Union-controlled land and shares the story of President Lincoln's doctor-turned-Union spy.