At NJN, we have had a history of producing programming that tells compelling and important stories as well as a commitment to advancing mutual respect and understanding. When I heard about the opportunity to document Maud Dahme's story and return trip to the Netherlands, I knew it was a story that had to be shared with New Jersey's school children for generations to come.
Date/Time: Friday , November 11, 2011 7:00PM
Free and open to the public
Location:West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington Street
West Newton, MA 02465
(617) 964 8074
Date/Time: Thursday October 27, 2011 4:00-7:00PM
Location: Community Services Building,
The Golub Center
184 Washington Avenue Extension,
Shelly Z. Shapiro, Director
Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center
The Rosner Holocaust Center at The Golub Center
184 Washington Avenue Extension Albany, NY 12203-5306
Phone : 518-694-9984
< Please click the image to view the Study Guide.
René and I is a 75-minute documentary film that tells the story of young twins René and Irene, who spent more than a year in Auschwitz under the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele. Of the 3,000 twins experimented on by Mengele and other Nazi doctors, only 160 survived. While this documentary is the story of the Nazi racial state and the Holocaust, it is also a story of love and courage, of the complexity of the human psyche and of the resilience of the human spirit. Irene and Renés story provides unique insight into the childhood experiences during the Third Reich. Their experiences show the impact on young people and their families
"It is really our triumph. We overcame and we have raised families. We have become productive people in society and so - we won."
Written by Shelly Shapiro with special thanks to graphic designer, Heidi Florussen and to Diane Freer, Lorraine Tiven, and Mary
"We are constant reminders of governments who did not act, of nations who closed their borders in the face of people fleeing death; we are constant reminders of doctors who participated and planned in the murder of Jews, Gypsies and the disabled; we are constant reminders of thousands who betrayed their neighbors for pennies; we are constant reminders of hundreds of train conductors who took their unsuspecting victims in sealed cattle cars to the death camps without giving it a thought. We are constant reminders of a highly civilized society that turned itself into an evil one and that the Holocaust is a paradigm of human indifference. Truth is on our side. We must never be silent in the face of hatred and bigotry and we must remember that the road to Auschwitz is paved in silence."
A film by Steven Spielberg
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Contact Shelly Shapiro at the address listed below for more information about anti-prejudice programs or to make donations to the Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center, The Rosner Holocaust Center at The Golub Center.