2nd Generation Holocaust Speaker to Present at the Tucson International Jewish Film Festivalby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jan. 14, 2013, under Press Releases
TUCSON (January 11, 2013) – Jeannie Smith, daughter of Polish rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke and 2nd generation Holocaust Speaker, will share her mother’s life stories Tuesday, January 15, from 5:30-6:30 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center as part of the 22nd Annual Tucson International Jewish Film Festival.
Irene was named one of the Righteous Among Nations and presented with the Israel Medal of Honor for her actions during the war. Her life story has been told on Broadway in the nationally acclaimed play “Irena’s Vow” starring Tovah Feldshuh.
Her daughter, Jeannie, is part of a new generation of Holocaust Speakers who share the life stories of their parents’ first-hand experiences. The story Jeannie tells, although filled with the horrors and hate of the Holocaust, also brings a message of faith, love and hope that good can triumph over evil. It proclaims the conviction that one by one we can say no to hatred, persecution and prejudice.
Ms. Opdyke Smith’s presentation will be followed by a screening of Nicky’s Family, a film about an unassuming young Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children at the outbreak of WWII. Nicky’s Family is just one of over 20 award-winning films to be highlighted at the Festival which runs January 10-20 at various venues throughout Tucson.
Ms. Opdyke’s presentation is no charge and ticket prices for films range from $8 to $18 with special discounts for students and seniors. They can be purchased online at TucsonJewishFilmFestival.org, or at the Jewish Community Center, by calling 299-3000, x106.
The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival, through the magic and power of cinema, promotes the preservation of Jewish culture and encourages cultural diversity.
Tucson Jewish Community Center
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