Monday, April 1 at 11:00 p.m.
Seeds of Resiliency
SEEDS OF RESILIENCY introduces diverse individuals who have survived tragedies and traumas, and overcome mental and physical challenges, and now use their experiences to affect change and help others. Each thrives today because they refused to give up their struggle, even when all hope seemed lost. These compelling, uplifting and inspirational portraits attest to the strength of the human spirit and the power of positive thinking and action. Profiles include: a professional wheelchair athlete, Holocaust survivors, a homeless counselor, refugees from war-torn countries and a terminally ill cancer advocate.
Sunday, April 7 at 10:00 p.m.
Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance
In the face of horrific living conditions, starvation and the threat of deportation to Auschwitz, the Jewish inmates of Terezin concentration camp — artists, musicians, poets and writers — fought back … with art and music. Led by conductor Raphael Schachter, they re-imagined a Catholic liturgical work, Verdi’s Requiem, as a condemnation of the Nazis. Ultimately, they performed for Nazi brass, singing what they dared not say. Six decades later, conductor Murry Sidlin and a new choir take Verdi’s Requiem back to Terezin and bring the story of Raphael Schachter’s artistic uprising back to life. Bebe Neuwirth narrates.
Monday, April 8 at 10:00 p.m.
Echoes of the Holocaust
To the survivors who frequent it, this is holy ground . . . a Jewish cemetery for the countless souls who perished during the Holocaust, and for whom no grave stone, burial marker, or final resting place exists. The true power of the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach can be witnessed when survivors - serving as docents or guides - begin gathering to tell their stories of survival to school children, tourists and visitor groups from across the globe. In 2006, the Memorial's leaders embarked on a mission to preserve some of the survivors' tours on film, so that the echoes of their words live on. With each passing year, there are fewer survivors left. Echoes of the Holocaust captures four of the Memorial's remaining survivors.
Tuesday, April 9 at 11:00 p.m.
Rescue in the Phillipines: Refuge from the Holocaust
Rescue in The Philippines is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana (preparing for his own presidential campaign) and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower - helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines. Go here to see the video.
Sunday, April 14 at 10:00 p.m.
Orchestra of Exiles
On the brink of World War II and the rise of Nazi-occupation, one man's remarkable four-year odyssey helped rescue Europe's premiere Jewish musicians and their families from persecution, while preserving the musical heritage of Europe. Orchestra of Exiles, tells the dramatic story of celebrated Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman (1882-1947) who - with courage, resourcefulness, and an entourage of allies including Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein - bravely stood up to racial intolerance, ultimately saving almost 1,000 Jews from 1933–1936 while forming the Palestine Symphony Orchestra.
Monday, April 15 at 10:00 p.m.
Only a Number
ONLY A NUMBER is a documentary about the Holocaust experience, crafted by a filmmaker dedicated to sharing his mother's incredible story of survival. Steven Besserman's mother, Aranka, was a Holocaust survivor who, in her later years, suffered from dementia. Before the disease began to eat away at her memory, she documented her experiences as a young girl growing up in Hungary, and the horrors she personally witnessed and endured at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust. This powerful documentary tells her story through Steven's journey of rediscovery as he retraces his mother's steps.