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  • Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Film: Playing For Time

    Playing For Time is a 1980 film, written by Arthur Miller and Fania Fénelon, based on Fénelon’s autobiography, The Musicians of Auschwitz. Vanessa Redgrave stars as acclaimed musician Fania Fénelon, a Jewish singer-pianist, who has been sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.

    After having their belongings and clothes taken and their heads shaved, the prisoners are processed and enter the camp. At that point Fénelon is recognized as a famous musician and learns that she will be able to avoid hard manual labor and survive longer by becoming a member of the camp’s all-female orchestra. The musicians get better treatment than other prisoners, yet playing for the Nazis robs the women of much of their dignity. Most of them eventually question whether remaining alive was worth the abuse they constantly suffer.

There is no admission charge. For information, please call 407-628-0555.

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida · 851 N Maitland Ave · Maitland, FL 32751 · Phone: 407-628-0555 ·