By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's annual observance of Kristallnacht will feature the film, "Nina's Journey," on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.
Swedish filmmaker Lena Einhorn will introduce the award-winning film and participate in a question-and-answer session.
The film and discussion, which are free and open to the public, are co-sponsored by Campus Jewish Life, the Department of Religion, and the offices of Multicultural Student Services and International Student Services.
Survival in the Warsaw ghetto
Narrated by Nina Einhorn, "Nina's Journey" is a feature film that tells the story of a young girl coming of age under extreme circumstances.
The story of her journey spans eight years, from 1937 to 1945, when Nina was a teenager in Lodz, Poland. In February 1940, the family attempted to escape Lodz, only to be sent to the Warsaw ghetto.
Nina Einhorn, who was interviewed in October 1999, died on May 10, 2002.
"Nina's Journey" has won numerous awards, including the Swedish National Film Award for best film and best script; the Gothenburg Grand Film Award; the Yad Vashem Award; the Golden Rooster Film Festival award for best director; the best director, best actress, and best screenplay awards at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival; Best of Fest at the Palm Springs International Film Festival; best international dramatic feature at the Vancouver International Jewish Film Festival; and best narrative film at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
'Night of Broken Glass'
Kristallnacht marks the beginning of the Holocaust in Germany when organized gangs of Nazi youth roamed through Jewish neighborhoods on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, breaking windows of Jewish businesses and homes, burning synagogues and looting.
"As time moves us further away from World War II and the Holocaust, it becomes that much more important to bring speakers to campus to help us to never forget that horrific time, for not only the Jewish people, but for the world," said Rabbi Serena Fujita, Jewish chaplain at Bucknell.
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