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Teicholz Film Series: Who Will Remain?
Teicholz Film Series: Who Will Remain?

Thu, Aug 15

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AMC The Grove 14

Teicholz Film Series: Who Will Remain?

Attempting to better understand her grandfather, acclaimed Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkever, Israeli actress Hadas Kalderon travels to Lithuania, using her grandfather's diary to trace his early life in Vilna and his survival of the Holocaust.

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Aug 15, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

AMC The Grove 14, 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

About

Attempting to better understand her grandfather Avrom Sutzkever, Israeli actress Hadas Kalderon travels to Lithuania, using her grandfather’s diary to trace his early life in Vilna and his survival of the Holocaust. Sutzkever (1913–2010) was an acclaimed Yiddish poet—described by the New York Times as the “greatest poet of the Holocaust”—whose verse drew on his youth in Siberia and Vilna, his spiritual and material resistance during World War II, and his post-war life in the State of Israel. Kalderon, whose native language is Hebrew and must rely on translation of her grandfather’s work, is nevertheless determined to connect with what remains of the poet’s bygone world and confront the personal responsibility of preserving her grandfather’s literary legacy.

Woven into the documentary are family home videos, newly recorded interviews, and archival recordings, including Sutzkever’s testimony at the Nuremberg Trial. Recitation of his poetry and personal reflections on resisting Nazi forces as a partisan fighter reveal how Sutzkever tried to make sense of the Holocaust and its aftermath. As Kalderon strives to reconstruct the stories told by her grandfather, the film examines the limits of language, geography, and time.

Watch a trailer HERE.

Following the screening is a live conversation and Q&A, moderated by journalist Tom Teicholz and featuring the director of the film, Christa Whitney

At the Yiddish Book Center, Christa directs the Wexler Oral History Project. Originally from Northern California, she discovered Yiddish while studying comparative literature, Jewish studies, and dance at Smith College. She has studied Yiddish at the Yiddish Book Center, Vilnius Yiddish Institute, and the Workers Circle. Through working at the Yiddish Book Center since 2009, she has traveled near and far in search of Yiddish stories, gained expertise in digital video archival processes, and produced several documentary films about Yiddish luminaries. Christa was named on the 2020 Forward 50 list of “people we needed in a year we definitely didn’t.” Her personal research focuses on Yiddish cultural transmission among descendants of Yiddish writers and Jewish history in the Samogitia region of Lithuania. Among other things, she is currently working towards an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.

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