"It was cool to have a chance to listen to a real person speak about what he went through during the Holocaust. He was the most credible source that we could have. I learned a lot more through his pictures and stories." ~ Boys Latin Charter School student
Upcoming Community Events
Once In A Lifetime
Date: Monday, April 13th
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: International House (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia)
Directors: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Running Time: 105 min
Language: French with English Subtitles
In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presents the moving true story of Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride), a dedicated history teacher in a French public high school, who changed the lives of her most troubled students through Holocaust education.
Determined to give the best instruction to her underprivileged inner-city pupils, plucky and confident Gueguen enters her multicultural classroom in a national competition on the theme of “children and adolescent victims of Nazi concentration camps.” Hoping to break through her students’ apathy, Gueguen uses lessons from the Holocaust to overcome differences and show the devastation caused by ignorance and hatred. Will Gueguen’s unique assignment help these once unruly teenagers see each other – and themselves – in a new light?
A potent response to the systemic undermining of public education in France and around the world, ONCE IN A LIFETIME examines the impact of the Holocaust and its relevance to future generations.
Special Guests: Catherine Raissiguier, Author of Reinventing the Republic: Gender, Migration, and Citizenship in France, Professor at Hunter College/Cuny; Michaela Pommells, activist, educator, co-founder of the Coalition for Racial Justice; Barbara Shaiman, moderator, founder of Champions of Caring
To purchase tickets, click here: http://pjff.org/lifetime/
Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum is a professor of history at West Chester University. She writes and teaches about modern Russia and the Soviet Union; war and memory; international communism; and gender in modern Europe. She has authored two books: Small Comrades: Revolutionizing Childhood in Soviet Russia, 1917-1932 and The Legacy of the Siege of Leningrad, 1941-1945: Myth, Memories, and Monuments.
Cost: $50 includes lunch and Dr. Kirschenbaum's presentation.