WPBT2 Premiere on Wednesday,
September 23 at 8:00 p.m.
survivors who frequent it, this is holy ground . . . a Jewish
cemetery for the countless souls who perished during the
Holocaust, and for whom no grave stone, burial marker or final
resting place exists. But the true power of the Holocaust Memorial of
Miami Beach can be witnessed when survivors - serving as docents or guides
– begin gathering . . . to tell their stories of survival to school children,
tourists and visitor groups from across the globe.
ECHOES OF THE HOLOCAUST, premiering September 23rd at 8:00pm on WPBT2, offers an intimate look at four of the survivor docents as they conduct tours of the memorial, but the tours aren’t just informational. The docents relive personal tragedies, of their loved ones who perished and their own private terror, pain and humiliations, and the occasional light of a miracle.
These witnesses to history are the Memorial’s watchmen and women. And for the past two decades, they have come . . . every day, rain or shine, as part of a sacred obligation: to never forget.
From the day the Memorial opened, the landscape of
In 2006, the Memorial’s leaders embarked on a mission to preserve some of the survivor’s tours on film, so that the echoes of their words live on. With each passing year, there are fewer survivors left. When the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach opened in 1990, there were 25 survivor docents giving tours. The following short films capture four of the Memorial’s remaining survivors.
Born in the wine country of
Born in the Czech city of
After his town in
stories are testimony to the indomitable human spirit and presented in this
context, on the grounds of the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach, they serve as
both a living history and reminder to never forget.
ECHOES OF THE HOLOCAUST was directed
by Jerry Levine and produced by David Michael Scharlin and Charles Treister
This film was made possible through
generous grants from The Holocaust Memorial, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, The
State of Florida Dept. of Education, The Robert Russell Foundation,the Family
and Friends of Morris Rosenblatt, z”l, Andy and Adam Hall, Ezra Katz, and