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October 3, 2006

MEMORIA, A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST IN ITALY, WILL BE SCREENED AT SIMON'S ROCK COLLEGE OF BARD

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — Simon’s Rock College of Bard will present the film Memoria on Tuesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. The screening will take place in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center.

Memoria features Elisa Springer, a Holocaust survivor, who after 40 years of silence, decided to talk in order to make denial impossible. She is one of the 8,500 Jews from Italy who were deported to Auschwitz and other camps during the German occupation, between 1943 and 1945. In this film, Springer and the other survivors are interviewed in the places where historical events took place – the Jewish district in Rome, in Milan’s prisons, in Rome, Florence, Trieste, Genoa, in the transit camp Fossoli, and in the Milan central station.

The film’s co-author, Liliana Picciotto Fargion, will be present at the screening. A question and answer session will follow the film.

Picciotto Fargion, a historian who works with the primary contemporary Jewish archives in Italy, has published several books, including her most recent, I Giusti d'Italia: I non ebrei che salvarono gli ebrei 1943-1945 (The Righteous of Italy: Non-Jews who saved the Jews 1943-1945). She recently presented this book at Yad Vashem. Il Libro Della Memoria: Gli Ebrei Deportati Dall'Italia (1943-1945) was published in 2002, and includes a complete list of the Jews who were deported from Italy, by region, their situation of deportation, and their final fates. Together with coauthor Marcello Pezzetti and director Ruggero Gabbai, she made the film Memoria, which documents the testimony of Jews who were imprisoned and deported.

The screening is free and open to the public. The film is in Italian with subtitles.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706
E-mail: bdellarocca@simons-rock.edu