Bogdan's Journey

Monday, March 20 at 4:30pm to 7:00pm

UH - Ahmanson Auditorium 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

“Truth has to be told with love”

In a story that begins with murder and ends with reconciliation, one man persuades the people of Kielce, Poland, to confront the truth about the darkest moment in their past: Kielce was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom. In 1946 forty Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building were murdered by townspeople. Communist authorities suppressed the story, leaving the town deeply embittered. For Bogdan Bialek, a Catholic Pole, anti-Semitism is a sin. This conviction is the animating force of his life. Conflict over the pogrom was still a festering wound when Bialek moved to Kielce in the late 70s. He was shocked by the poisoned atmosphere of his new town. Trained as a psychologist, he has made it his life’s work both to persuade people to embrace their past and to reconnect the city with the international Jewish community. A post-film discussion will be led by Professor Michael Bazyler of Chapman University, whose book, Holocaust, Genocide and the Law: A Quest for Justice in a Post-Holocaust World was just awarded a National Jewish Book Award.

Event is free and open to the public, but space is very limited. 


Event Type

Film, Scholarly Event


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Jewish Studies


film, Journey, bogdan

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