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Surviving History

Programme of ancillary events
Public Lectures & Events
Public Lecture: Trauma and the Holocaust
15 April, 8pm, Marais Road Shul, Sea Point
Dr. Nathan Durst, a renowned Israeli specialist in trauma and the Shoah, will recount his experiences as a child who, with his family, were targeted for death by the Nazis in Berlin and wartime Holland. Only he and Channa, his elder sister, survived. He will also relate his experiences as a clinical psychologist working with Holocaust survivors.

Book Launch: No Goodbyes by Naava Piatka
18 April, 3pm, Albow Centre Sukkah.
Hosted By the CJSA (Friendship Forum) and CTHC
When Naava Piatka interviewed her Holocaust survivor father she was amazed to hear such intimate revelations of family drama, political upheaval, mass murder, betrayal and ultimate creative triumph. This book recounts the saga of one man's journey through the shifting European political landscape - where survival depends on luck, who you know, and finding the friend beneath the foe.

Together with the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, the book launch is a project of the Friendship Forum, which falls under the auspices of the Cape Jewish Seniors Association. The Friendship Forum is dedicated to providing support for Holocaust survivors and the second generation, and an opportunity for them to meet on a regular basis.

"Our Class" (Play Reading)
29 April, 8pm, The Old Shul at the SA Jewish Museum.
The play OUR CLASS, by Tadeusz Slobodzianek, adapted by Ryan Craig, is based on the 2001 book NEIGHOURS by Jan Gross. It descibes the residents of Jedwabne, Poland- some 2200 Jews and Gentiles - living together as good neighbours before the war. The brutal destruction of 1600 Jews by their neigbours on 10 July 1941, after the Germans occupied the town, is a story that only emerged in 2000, and the controversy over the killings resonates to this day. The reading is adapted & directed by Avril Kurgan.
Seating is limited- booking is essential.
Films & Documentaries
Booking is essential

Journey to Lithuania: Jonathan Shapiro (Documentary & Discussion)
13 April, 8pm, Holocaust Centre Seminar Room.
Jonathan Shapiro (better known as Zapiro)talks about his experiences upon returning to Lithuania and Germany to research his family's roots in the documentary Who Do You Think You Are? There will be a Q&A session with Jonathan after the screening.

Journey to Lithuania: Ivan Kapelus (Illustrated Talk)
20 April, 8pm, Holocaust Centre Seminar Room.
Ivan Kapelus returned to Lithuania to find out more about his paternal grandfather, who was from Plungyan. What started as a geneological investigation became something far deeper, as he realised how little he knew of Lithuania: the country, its history, and the role that Jews played in this history.

Surviving History (Documentary)
will be shown at regular times during the exhibition.
Holocaust Centre Seminar Room.
This 28-minute artistic documentary traces the journey of the researcher, Shivaun Woolfson, in her quest to collect and collate the living imprints of the Jewish presence in Lithuania. This documentary explores the complex and layered history of the Jewish experience in Lithuania including issues of local complicity and collaboration.

The Trial of Kastner (3-hour Miniseries)
22 April, 6pm Introduced by Aubrey Katzeff , Nelson Mandela Auditorium
Donation: R25- Refreshments will be served during the interval
A dramatisation of the 1954 trial that shocked and divided Israeli society. This mini-series, produced by the Israel Broadcasting Authority, tells the story of Hungarian Jewish leader, Rezs? Kasztner. He saved thousands of his brethren by negotiating directly with the Nazis, but was later denounced as a collaborator by his fellow Israelis and then murdered. (NB 180mins!)

Sunset in Lithuania and Kupishok (Documentaries)
25 & 26 April, 6pm, Holocaust Centre Seminar Room.
Sunset in Lithuania (75 mins):This documentary uses interviews and testimony to reflect upon Jewish life in Lithuania before and during the Holocaust.; who the Jews were, how they lived and where they fitted into the broader society.
Kupishok (64 mins): On July 13, 2004, more than 50 survivors and descendants of the Jews of Kupishok, ages 9 to 86, now living in the United States, Israel, the UK, Denmark, South Africa and Australia, returned to the town to dedicate a magnificent Wall of Memory. This is the story of what the descendants and survivors came back to find; and how the present administration and residents of the town reacted.

Donations are appreciated. Seating is limited, so please notify the CTHC if you wish to book for any of the events.

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