Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day
Sunday, April 23, 2017
1:00 pm Opening Ceremony
USM Talbot Lecture Hall in Luther Bonney Hall – 85 Bedford St., Portland
1:10 pm Free Film Screening: The Silenced Walls
In the Parisian suburb of Drancy lies an unadorned block of low-income housing. With some of the cheapest rents in the Paris region, it is the residence of 500 impoverished retirees, recently homeless and mentally disabled. On the surface everything seems normal, but this building is also France’s most notorious Holocaust site. Through moving interviews with Holocaust survivors and fascinating archival footage, this film offers a compassionate look inside the walls of this housing project and raises important questions about the existence of this building. (Documentary, 52 min.)
2:05 pm Moderated discussion and Q+A
Led by historian and Holocaust expert Anna Bat Chai Wrobel and filmmaker and first generation survivor Charles Rotmil.
2:45 pm Community March / Walk
From the corner of the USM campus at Brighton Ave., up Deering Avenue to the Slivka Memorial at Temple Beth El
3:15 pm Community Observance at the Slivka Memorial
Temple Beth El - 400 Deering Avenue
(Weather permitting. Otherwise, the observance will be held in the Temple Beth El Sanctuary).
Presented in partnership by the Maine Jewish Film Festival, Southern Maine Hillel, Temple Beth El, and the Jewish Community Alliance