Turnoffs Honored at Kristallnacht Film Forum between Sold-out Screenings to Help March of the Living (November 8, 2015)

About the Event
The 14th Annual Kristallnacht Film Forum showcased another powerful Holocaust-related film on November 8, on the Federation campus. Defiant Requiem tells the little-known story of the creative rebellion led by the Jews in Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp where thousands of scholars, musicians, actors and writers from Central Europe were imprisoned. In a brave show of resistance, these Jewish prisoners used art and music to fight back and held onto their humanity by staging plays, composing opera and recording the atrocities they witnessed and experienced.

The full houses in Zinman Hall at two screenings were deeply moved by the film, as well as pre- and post-presentations that included Jack Rosenbaum, Regional March of the Living Director; Sarah Berger, a March of the Living alumnus who shared the program’s life-changing impact for her; and Murry Sidlin, the star of the film and creator and inspiration behind it. A number of Holocaust survivors in attendance added a powerful element to the commemoration of Kristallnacht, considered the true beginning of the Shoah 77 years ago.

Between screenings, a donor reception honored Ann and Byron Turnoff. Involved with the March for more than 20 years, the Turnoffs’ extensive spiritual, educational and financial contributions have helped enable a generation of local high school students to participate in this unique Holocaust and Israel education experience capped by travel to Poland and Israel.

The between-screenings ceremony also honored the survivors present as they lit memorial candles. The program was led by Kristallnacht Film Forum Chair Ivy Dash, along with March of the Living Committee Chairs Debbie Rudmann and Phyllis Gutmann. Matthew C. Levin, President & CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, described the Federation’s increasing support for the March, with a profound commitment to our survivors that their experiences will never be forgotten. March alum Sarah Berger spoke about her emotional interactions with survivor Sam Ron on the 2014 March. Many of our community’s 2016 marchers were presented to the donors at the front of the stage in a powerful intergenerational statement.

Presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and March of the Living each year, the Kristallnacht Film Forum raises significant funds to enable local high school students to participate in the March of Living.

For more information about the March of the Living, visit molsouth.org or call 561.852.6013.