Join the Brave Coalition, the Jewish Live Center - Chabad Denver North, and Mizel Museum for a free screening of the documentary Surviving Skokie, followed by a powerful Q&A session with Holocaust survivor and the main subject of the film, Jack Adler.
About the film:
They survived the horrors of the Holocaust and came to America to put the past behind. For decades they kept their awful memories secret, even from their children. But their silence ended when a band of neo-Nazi thugs threatened to march in their quiet village of Skokie, Illinois "because that is where the Jews are."
Surviving Skokie is an intensely personal documentary by former Skokie resident Eli Adler about the provocative events of the 1970s, their aftermath, his family's horrific experience of the Shoah, and a journey with his father to confront long-suppressed memories.
"Not here. Not now. Not ever again."
...they said, forever transforming themselves from victims to activists.
And what they did was to end their years of silence, become truth tellers, and speak out so that their painful stories would not be forgotten.
In Surviving Skokie, the filmmaker's father, Jack Adler—a Polish Holocaust survivor—confronts his own past, returning to Poland with his son to tell the stories of family members who perished in the ghetto and death camps. They visit Pabianice, Poland, Jack's ancestral home and Auschwitz—retracing the steps of Jack's horrifying journey.
Surviving Skokie is the story of a community's battle against the voices and gestures of hate, of a quiet village and its once-turbulent history. It is a universal story about the importance of speaking up and out. And it is the personal story of a quest through which a man and his father rediscover their pasts.