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Special Documentary Screening for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

by Jewish Federation of Reading

Jan 22, 2019
Jewish Federation of Reading

Wyomissing, PA, — The Jewish Federation of Reading and the Lakin Holocaust Library and Resource Center announce a special documentary screening in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day: the American documentary Who Will Write Our History on Sunday, January 27, at 1 pm at Fox East, 4350 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Fox East beginning at 12:30 pm on the day of the screening. Cash and checks are accepted.

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. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary.

Written, produced, and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.

There will be a special post-film discussion led by Dr. Jennifer Koosed, Holocaust Studies Faculty, Albright College.

On January 27, 2019 Who Will Write Our History will screen simultaneously at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. On the same day, there will be hundreds of other screenings around the world. This unprecedented screening event will take place on the international day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.  This local screening is co-sponsored by the Lakin Holocaust Library & Resource Center at Albright College,  Jewish Federation of Reading and Fox Theatres.

According to a March 2018 Holocaust poll from the Claims Conference, one in ten American adults are not sure they have ever heard of the Holocaust and 66% of U.S. Millennials don’t know what Auschwitz is. Given the rise in hate crimes* and the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in November, now more than ever it is vitally important to tell the stories of the Holocaust and ensure that never again is more than a slogan.


The Lakin Holocaust Library & Resource Center (HRC), a joint effort between Albright College and Jewish Federation of Reading.  The Lakin HRC contains more than 2,800 volumes of text and audio-visual materials that support its’ mission to educate the community about the Holocaust and other genocides.

The Jewish Federation of Reading is the planning, coordinating and fundraising arm of the Jewish community. The Federation raises and allocates funds for The Jewish Federations of North America’s collective efforts in support of many vital national and international Jewish organizations.

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania-based Fox Theatres was founded in 1957 by Richard Fox and continues to be family-owned.  Today Fox Theatres operates four theaters: Fox Berkshire and Fox East in Reading, PA, and Sun & Surf Cinemas and Gold Coast in Ocean City, MD.

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