German Jewish WWII refugees film to air in Mount Greenwood
Staff report September 5, 2013 7:10PM
Updated: October 7, 2013 1:33PM
A documentary about German Jewish refugees who escaped the horrors of the World War II and created an immigration center in Chicago is set to screen at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mount Greenwood branch of the Chicago Public Library, 11010 S. Kedzie Ave.
Directed by Ethan Bensinger, “Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home,” chronicles the stories of the German Jewish refugees who left behind their lives in Europe in the late 1930s to create the Selfhelp Home in Chicago. The home, which has taken in more than 1,000 Central European refugees and Holocaust survivors, served as a supportive community for themselves and others fleeing Nazi persecution.
The documentary also features the stories of Jewish war survivors who hid in the French countryside, were taken in by English families or sent to Auschwitz and other concentration camps.