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Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald

Established in 1937, Buchenwald was one of the largest and most well known German concentration camps. Early in its history, there had been Jewish prisoners at Buchenwald, but most had been killed or sent to Auschwitz to die in 1942. Now, in 1944, the Jewish population of Buchenwald rose again as the camp was flooded with some of the remnants of decimated European Jewry. Among these were a large and growing number of teenage boys, many of whom had lost family members in the ghettos and camps of Nazi-occupied Poland, or in the more recent Hungarian deportations to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

European Jewish children from all over the continent were transferred into Kinderblock 66 in early 1945. The block was led by Antonin Kalina, a Czech Communist and his deputy, Gustav Schiller, a Polish Jew.

 This compelling documentary tells a little-known story of heartbreak and bravery, of of an underground conspiracy led by political prisoners (many of them Communists) who made a conscious decision to save the boys who were sent to Kinderblock 66. It is not only a story of survival, but also of how the human spirit and kindness can survive even in the most hellish circumstances. 

The youths in the block did not work and were protected against being sent out of the camp. The block leaders watched over the children and cared for them to the extent possible, seeing in these youths hope for the future. They strove until the last days of the war and beyond to keep them from danger and alive. On April 11, 1945, Buchenwald was liberated. Nearly 1000 boys survived.

On April 11, 2010, sixty-five years later, several of the surviving boys from block 66 returned to Weimar and to Buchenwald. This is their story.

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Hosted by Producer Brad Rothschild

Brad Rothschild is a producer and writer with both a creative and a business background. He received a Masters in International Affairs and an MBA, both from Columbia University. From 1995-1997, he served as the Speechwriter and Director of Communications for the Mission of Israel to the United Nations. Brad wrote and produced the award-winning independent film Homeland.

WHEN AND WHERE?

July 27 @ 7 pm

The Electric Theater

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$10 CASH at the door

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Admission - K66 $10
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