“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.
PLEASE RSVP TO: JEWISHSTUDIESPROGRAM@LMU.EDU
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