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    Falmouth Jewish Congregation Hosts the Award-Winning Documentary “Surviving Skokie”

    A Free, Public Film Program and Brown Bag Lunch on November 9 to Commemorate Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass


    Falmouth Jewish Congregation invites the public to a free, public screening of the film Surviving Skokie, preceded by a brown bag lunch and followed by discussion. Both the lunch and film will take place on Thursday, November 9 at Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s Blanche and Joel D. Seifer Community Center at 7 Hatchville Road in East Falmouth. Bring a brown bag lunch begins at Noon (drinks and desserts provided) or come for the screening that begins at 12:30 P.M. The congregation prohibits pork and shellfish, so please do not include them in your lunch.


    This event commemorates Kristallnacht (November 9-10, 1938), the “Night of Broken Glass,” when shards of shattered glass lined German streets in the wake of the pogrom—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence. At a time when hate crimes and hate speech are on the rise in the United States, we take time to mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht and, with the film as a springboard for our conversation, to explore and discuss how communities respond when citizens are threatened. As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum notes, “The events of Kristallnacht represented one of the most important turning points in National Socialist anti-Semitic policy. Historians have noted that after the pogrom, anti-Jewish policy was concentrated more and more concretely into the hands of the SS. Moreover, the passivity with which most German civilians responded to the violence signaled to the Nazi regime that the public was prepared for more radical measures. The Nazi regime expanded and radicalized measures aimed at removing Jews entirely from German economic and social life in the forthcoming years. The regime moved eventually toward policies of forced emigration, and finally toward the realization of a Germany “free of Jews” (judenrein) by deportation of the Jewish population “to the East.”


    Surviving Skokie, Best Documentary award winner at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, is an intensely personal documentary that explores the effects of a late 1970s threatened neo-Nazi march in Skokie, IL on its large Holocaust survivor population. Thousands of survivors comprised 10 percent of this Chicago suburb, including Jack, the father of co-producer, Eli Adler. These Skokie residents survived the horrors of the Holocaust and came to America to put the past behind. For decades they kept their awful memories secret, even from their children.  But their silence ended when a band of neo-Nazi thugs threatened to march in their quiet village of Skokie, Illinois “because that is where the Jews are.” The film captures how the relationship between father and son deepens as Jack and Ali return to Poland, where Eli learns more about the extended family that perished during the Shoah. Together they retrace the painful and debilitating journey through two ghettos and two concentration camps. Their joint trip enables them to view both the past and present with a fresh focus and comprehension

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