Powerful Movie Screened, Ruth Taubman Honored at Kristallnacht Film Forum (November 9, 2014)

About the Event
The 13th annual Kristallnacht Film Forum showcased another powerful film, Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story, in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus on November 9. The film tells the story of what historians consider “the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.”

The full houses in Zinman Hall at two screenings were deeply moved by a pre-film presentation that featured a video testimonial by Grayson Lapayover, 2011 March alumnus. A number of Holocaust survivors in attendance added a powerful element to the commemoration of Kristallnacht, considered the true beginning of the Shoah. Michael Spett, who survived the Holocaust as a child through Sousa Mendes’ heroism and remembers him, spoke after each showing.

Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story, is set in Paris in 1940, as millions of French citizens and refugees endeavored to flee ahead of the advancing Nazi troops. As throngs approached him seeking asylum, Portuguese Consul Aristides de Sousa Mendes defied orders by his country’s Prime Minister who had forbidden diplomats from allowing “undesirables” into the country. Even while fearing for his career and his family’s safety, Mendes issued visas to all who asked, saving 30,000 people including10,000 Jews.

Between screenings, a donor reception honored Ruth Taubman, a Founding Platinum Sponsor of the Film Forum for her years of local, national and international Jewish philanthropy. Taubman was lauded with recollections and stories about the positive impact she has made in so many lives.

Presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and March of the Living each year, the Kristallnacht Film Forum raises dollars to enable to local high school students to join the March of the Living, a unique Holocaust and Israel education experience capped by travel to Poland and Israel. This year’s Film Forum was chaired by Lori Fineman.

For more information about the March of the Living, visit www.molsouth.org or call 561.852.3126.