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Tolerance Week Scheduled for April 8-12

Post Date:04/01/2019 8:17 AM

2019 Tolerance Week is scheduled for April 8-12
All Tolerance Week events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:30 pm
WITCC Lifelong Learning, Cargill Auditorium
Documentary Screening “Who Will Write Our History”
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. They detailed life in the Ghetto from the Jewish perspective. They commissioned diaries, essays, jokes, poems and songs. They documented Nazi atrocities with eyewitness accounts. They sent reports of mass murder to London via the Polish underground. Then, as trains deported them to the gas chambers of Treblinka and the Ghetto burned to the ground, they buried 60,000 pages of documentation in the hopes that the archive would survive the war, even if they did not.

Wednesday, April 10, Noon
Sioux City Public Museum
Midwest Premiere of the Animated Short Film, “A Thousand Kisses”
Lunch will be served, attendance is limited to the first 80 RSVPs to the Museum at 279-6174

A Thousand Kisses is animated short film created from love letters between a couple who were separated as the climate changed in Germany and Poland.  The story gets incited by the new immigration laws brought upon by the Third Reich, forcing Moses, a Polish Jew, to evade Berlin in 1933. He proposes to his beloved Nettie that they leave together towards the more secure shores of South America, far away from Hitler’s reach. Though Nettie, being a Polish Jew from a ‘Germanic territory’ and therefore not quite required to leave the country, surprisingly feel most comfortable in staying, despite the need to separate from Moses.  The letters that inspire the movie are exactly the love-letters written by Moses to persuade Natalia to join him, which were more recently re-discovered and translated from German by Eitan, Moses’ grandson, about some 80+ years later.


Wednesday, April 10, 9:30 for students, 7:30 for the public
Sioux City Orpheum Theatre
It was the film “Paper Clips” that inspired the first Tolerance Week events in 2005.  The Weiners saw the film and were so moved by its message that they felt it was essential viewing, but as it was a small documentary, they knew the odds were against it playing in Sioux City. It was thus that they arranged for the film to be shown at the Orpheum for the public and again the next morning to area 8th grade students.  Additionally, Auschwitz Survivor Philip Gans was flown in to speak after each showing to further support the importance of the film’s message of understanding.
This year, we have invited the retired principal of Whitwell Middle School in Tennessee where the Paper Clips Children’s Holocaust Memorial is located.  We will show a shortened version of Paper Clips and Mrs. Hooper will speak.
Terezin Camp Survivor Inge Auerbacher will be back in Sioux City during Tolerance Week, April 8-12 to speak to students in the schools.

As always, all Tolerance Week events are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Lou Ann Lindblade at 255-4346.

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