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KCET Features Special Documentaries During Holocaust Remembrance Week

BURBANK, CA - April 17, 2014 - To commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Week,

KCET, the
nation's largest independent public television station serving

Southern and Central California,
will broadcast three intriguing

programs which share stories of perseverance, strength, and hope during this

tragic time in history. These specials allow viewers to reflect on the past and

learn from the experiences of Holocaust victims and survivors. 

 

SKOKIE:

INVADED BUT NOT CONQUERED - Monday, April 28 at 9 p.m.

The Emmy-winning SKOKIE: INVADED BUT NOT CONQUERED examines

the personalities and issues connected to the attempted neo-Nazi March in

Skokie, Ill., a haven for Holocaust survivors since the end of World War II. Produced

to mark the event's 35th anniversary, this engaging film's extensive use of

archival footage, movie clips and contemporary interviews explore the impact of

the Skokie March, then and now, and reveal how a First Amendment debate turned

Holocaust survivors into activists. Journalist Aaron Freeman hosts.

THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE - Wednesday, April 30 at

9:30 p.m.

In this award-winning 28-minute

documentary film, a Holocaust survivor's remembrances, told in uniquely

beautiful stitched images, bring an uplifting life story to the screen. Esther

Nisenthal was 15 years old in October of 1942 when the Jews of her village in

Poland were ordered by the Nazis to report to a nearby train station. Esther

refused to go. Instead, saying goodbye to their family, she and her 13-year old

sister Mania invented new identities for themselves as Polish Catholic farm

girls, hiding in plain sight from the Nazis. Esther's story of survival is

remarkable on its own. But it is all the more extraordinary because of her method

of storytelling--stitching and embroidering. It comes to us with unexpected

beauty in a series of 36 large fabric collages, intricately embroidered in

vivid color, created more than 40 years after the war. They depict one young

girl's eyewitness account, scenes of tragedy and trauma juxtaposed with the

exquisite beauty of the natural surroundings. It is as if nothing escaped

Esther's attention, or her memory. Through Esther's own words and images of her

art work, as well as interviews with her daughters and others, THROUGH THE EYE

OF THE NEEDLE explores the capacity of the human heart to heal. The film

reminds us that genocide and other acts of baseless hatred are still with us,

and that Esther's story, and those like hers, compels us to build a just and peaceful

world for all.

REFUGE: STORIES OF THE SELF-HELP HOME - Wednesday, April

30 at 10 p.m.

In the late 1930s -- with the violence

and destruction of Kristallnacht foreshadowing the devastation of European

Jewry -- a determined group of German-Jewish refugees left behind

well-established lives and most of their possessions and immigrated to Chicago.

There, they set out to create a supportive community for themselves and other

German, Austrian and Czech Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. Eventually, they founded

Selfhelp, an organization providing temporary housing, food, English classes,

job placement and, in 1950, a residential home for elderly emigrés and

Holocaust survivors. REFUGE: STORIES OF THE SELF-HELP HOME features the deeply

personal stories of these residents, who spent the war years surviving by any

means necessary. Vividly, they reflect on these experiences -- of separations,

deportations, selections and life-and-death decisions. Refuge moves back and

forth seamlessly between these often heartbreaking stories and examines how the

trajectories of residents and founders diverged during the war and came

together again around Selfhelp.



ABOUT KCET

 

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community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment

of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning

local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around

the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major

awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its

national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and

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