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October 2021
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The Catcher Was a Spy — The Moe Berg Story

October 17
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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Morris “Moe” Berg was a Jewish American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball, who later served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. A graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School, Berg spoke numerous languages and read ten newspapers a day. His reputation as an intellectual was fueled by his successful appearances as a contestant on the radio quiz show Information Please. Berg was sent by the US government to determine whether the German physicist Werner Heisenberg was developing an atomic bomb for Nazi Germany, and Berg was authorized to shoot Heisenberg if he had definitive proof in the affirmative. Meet Nicholas Dawidoff, author of the best-selling book on which the motion picture was based. He will be in conversation with the well-known journalist and podcaster Jacob Goldstein. (more…)

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Miep Gies and the Rescue of Anne Frank’s Diary

October 24
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK • 7 PM LONDON

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This program pays tribute to the woman who sheltered Anne Frank for three years and then rescued her now-famous diary. Miep Gies oversaw the “secret annex” where the Frank family was housed, while sheltering another Jewish person in her own home.  Meet Gillian Walnes Perry who knew Miep Gies well and accompanied her to the Academy Awards and Meeg Pincus who wrote a delightful book on Miep Gies for young people. (more…)

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Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games

October 31
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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Jesse Owens, the son of Alabama sharecroppers, was the Olympic champion who defeated Nazi ideology in Hitler’s stadium. He later served on the Board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Meet his grandson, Stuart Owen Rankin, who will be in dialogue with Lori Weintrob, historian and Director of the Wagner College Holocaust Center. Representing the International Olympics Committee on the panel is Anita L. DeFrantz, a US Olympic medalist and Vice-President of the IOC. (more…)

November 2021
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My Herzl

November 7
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK • 9 PM JERUSALEM

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An intimate and unexpected documentary about the private life of Theodor Herzl. To Eli Tal-El, a Jerusalem documentary filmmaker, Herzl is a washed-out icon. In the eyes of his Canadian brother-in-law David Matlow, one of the world’s most avid collectors of Herzl memorabilia, Herzl is an inspiring superstar. An unconventional documentary, this film is a personal look at the man who launched a nation.  Joining the panel will be Herzl’s biographer Derek Penslar and sociologist Shulamit Reinharz. (more…)

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The Legacy of Aristides

November 14
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK

7 PM LISBON • 8 PM PARIS

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The documentary film The Legacy of Aristides asks the question: What is the legacy of Aristides de Sousa Mendes today? We are presenting a bilingual dialogue with the filmmaker, Patrick Séraudie. He will be in conversation with two of the subjects of the film: Gerald Mendes, grandson of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, and Cookie Fischer, whose mother was a Sousa Mendes visa recipient. (more…)

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Our Hebrews: The Tuscan Mountain Village that Rescued its Jewish Population

November 21
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK • 8 PM TUSCANY • 9 PM JERUSALEM

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Little Jerusalem: that is how the locals refer to the town of Pitigliano in southern Tuscany, because of its striking resemblance to Israel’s ancient city. Through the medieval stone walls, the fascinating story of centuries of harmonious co-existence between Jews and Christians is told for the first time, including the heroic acts performed by the locals during the Holocaust. (more…)

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Fleeing Mussolini — Italian-Jewish Refugees in the United States

November 28
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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This program is about the exile of Italian Jews to America. Fleeing Mussolini’s racial laws, roughly two thousand Italian Jews landed in America in the 1930s and 40s. They didn’t fit in with either the Italian-American community or the Jewish-American community, yet many Italian Jewish refugees became leaders in their professions and productive contributors to American life.
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December 2021
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“Mrs. Judy” – The Canadian Woman Who Secretly Rescued the Jews of Syria

December 5
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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On this Chanukah program we honor Judy Feld Carr, a woman of exceptional courage and valor who chose to make a difference. Over a 28-year period, she secretly brought to freedom 3228 Jews prohibited from emigrating from Syria. Working with smugglers and bribing government officials, she removed most of that community from veritable bondage. In addition, she clandestinely smuggled out of that country priceless ancient articles of Jewish worship. Until Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the Israeli Intelligence Organizations publicly acclaimed her activities, the world, including the Jewish world, had no inkling of this Canadian Jewish woman’s covert life. She is the subject of historian Dr. Harold Troper’s The Rescuer, now in its second edition. The rescue was the best-kept secret in the Jewish world. (more…)

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