Screening with a Meaning02/28/2017 7pm | Cost: $54 per person Savor Theater: 503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
You are invited to the 3rd Annual Screening with a Meaning
Nicky’s Family This docudrama tells the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His efforts would have most likely been forgotten if his wife had not found a suitcase full of documents and transport plans hidden in their attic. Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world, and dozens of Winton’s “children” have been found. Thanks to Winton, nearly 6,000 members of his “family” have gone on to achieve great things in their own lives. In 2003, Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for “services to humanity.” The British press dubbed him the “British Oskar Schindler.” He died on July 1, 2015 at the age of 106.
Rena Ferber Finder was only 10 years old when the Germans invaded Poland in September 1939. Life as Finder knew it ended, and Nazi troops forced Finder and her family to move to the ghetto. Eventually, the SS evacuated the ghetto, ordering all of its residents to move to the Plaszow work camp.
For Finder, hope came in the form of Emalia, an enamel kitchenware and ammunition factory owned by the German industrialist Oskar Schindler. Unlike other businessmen, Schindler did not take advantage of slave labor in the SS camps or mistreat his workers. Instead, Schindler did everything in his power to help the Jews. Finder and her mother had the good fortune of being Schindlerfrauen, women working at Emalia under far more humane conditions than those in other workshops at Plaszow.
When Finder turned 13 in 1944, the SS ordered Schindler to shut down Emalia and demanded that the women working there be sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Aware of what would happen if his laborers moved to Auschwitz, Schindler negotiated with the SS and was able to relocate his factory to Brunnlitz, Czechoslovakia. He wrote out a list, which became known as Schindler’s List, with the names of former workers who should be kept off the trains headed to Auschwitz. Finder’s name was on the list, and, along with her mother and thousands of other Jews, she traveled to Brunnlitz to work at Schindler’s new plant.
After the Russians liberated Brunnlitz in May 1945, Finder and her mother went to live in a displaced persons camp. Finder married her husband Mark the following year, and in 1948, she and her husband received visas to move to the United States.
Goodman JFS is honored to have Rena Finder as our guest speaker.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Wendy Franco, Lanee Friedel, and Jane Levy
MOVIE UNDERWRITERS: Lee & Lanee Friedel, Isaac & Wendy Franco and Bruce & Jane Levy
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