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Moravian College to host film and panel discussion on Kindertransport

A story of 600 Czech children who were saved from the Nazis

 

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)- In partnership with the Allentown Jewish Community Center, Moravian College will host the film "All My Loved Ones" as part of the 2003 Jewish and Israeli Film Series, on Sunday, February 9, at 1:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, located in Haupert Union Building.

The award-winning film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Sarina Berlow, Director of Adult Programming at the Allentown Jewish Community Center. Panelists will include Peter A. Rafaeli, consul general of the Czech Republic, Rabbi Seth H. Frisch, Jewish chaplain at Moravian College, and Dr. Hans Wuerth, retired professor of German, Moravian College.

In addition to performing his consular duties, Peter Rafaeli operates a dealer/manufacturer consulting business, and provides support work for non-profit organizations. He is a member/counselor of the local chapter of SCORE, an entrepreneurship promotion organization under the auspices of the U.S. Government's Small Business Administration. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Old York Road Symphony Society, the E. Montgomery County Board, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross, and serves on the Executive Board of SVU (Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences).

Rabbi Seth Frisch was the former dean of the rabbinical seminary at the Academy for Jewish Religion, New York. He held a pastoral counseling fellowship at the Interfaith Center of New York and served as rabbi to congregations in Massachusetts and Maine.

Dr. Hans Wuerth, recently retired from a distinguished career as professor of German at Moravian College, is recognized for his scholarly publications and lectures related to the Holocaust. He has given his energies and expertise to many organizations and committees throughout his life, and continues to commit both his professional and personal energies to education as key to understanding.

The film was directed by Matej Minac, who was inspired by the recollections of his mother, a Holocaust survivor. It reveals the heartbreaking story of the family of Jewish doctor Jacob Silberstein in 1930's Czechoslovakia. Unfazed by political winds the doctor believed that decency would prevail over any threat. Ultimately the realization of Nazi brutality forced him to arrive at the wrenching decision to entrust his young son David to the care of English stockbroker Nicholas Winton in an attempt to save at least one Silberstein. Winton did succeed in rescuing David and more than 600 other Czech children, delivering them safely to England in the now legendary Kindertransport.

On November 26, 2002, Director Matej Minac, introduced his documentary, The Power of Good, at Moravian College. The film, which celebrates the life of Nicholas Winton, won a 2002 International Emmy Award for Documentary. "We think that the story of Winton has great appeal for a present-day audience, especially students," said Minac. "It shows that an individual has great power and can change history in a very positive way."

A reception will be held in the Haupert Union Building following the program. For ticket information, call the Jewish Community Center 610-435-3571. Tickets are $8 for adults; and $7 for students and senior citizens. A complete listing of Jewish & Israeli Film Series 2003 is on the web at: http://www.allentownjcc.org/.

The Office of the President, the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Chaplain's Office of Moravian College are co-sponsoring the program.