We are again participating in the Global Peace Film Festival held in Orlando each year. On Wednesday September 19, 6:30 PM, the Holocaust Center will be screening the documentary Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald. It will be shown at the Center, 851 N Maitland Ave in Maitland. Admission and parking are free.
The topic of the film is one that is painful to consider, even decades after the Holocaust. Imagine a prison camp where prisoners designated a separate, unauthorized barracks for children. The Buchenwald concentration camp, located near Weimar (Germany), was that camp. Chances of survival there were limited: prisoners were forced to perform harsh labor, given starvation rations, and subjected to terror and wanton brutality.
In 1944, the camp was flooded with a large number of detainees, including a growing number of teenage boys. The children’s barracks – Kinderblock 66 – was set up by the underground at Buchenwald to protect the boys who arrived during the final months of the war. The camp was never intended to be a camp for children, but it succeeded at least in part because the Nazis were willing to turn a blind eye to its existence. It became a refuge where the boys were protected as much as possible by other prisoners. When Buchenwald was liberated in April 1945, nearly 1000 boys had survived.
Sixty-five years later, on the anniversary of liberation, four of those boys from block 66 returned to Weimar and to Buchenwald. The film’s executive producer, Steve Moskovic, recognized the importance of their journey, particularly since his father Alex was one of those four. The effort quickly attracted filmmaker Brad Rothschild, who signed on as the film’s producer. He says, “It is our privilege to be alive while the last Holocaust survivors are still on this earth and our responsibility to ensure that their stories are remembered.”
Rothschild, who also wrote and produced the independent feature film, Homeland, will be introducing the film at the Holocaust Center and will be available for a discussion of the film.
A second showing of Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald will be offered on Thursday, September 20, 8:30pm, at the Winter Park Plaza, 330 Fairbanks Ave. Tickets for that screening are $8.
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