Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles is please to present a
screening of Eileen Douglas's acclaimed film, "My Grandfather's House: The
Journey Home," co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles.
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2006
Location: Jewish Federation Building, 6505 Wilshire Boulevard, Los
This personal documentary follows Eileen Douglas’s determined search to find
her grandfather’s house in Lithuania--the home he lived in and left behind
in 1911 when he fled, at 16, >from Kovno to America. Four decades after his
death, with only fragments to guide the way, the documentary is Douglas’s
attempt to lift the veil of darkness and discover "where it all began."
Eileen travels >from New York City to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in
Washington, to her mother’s attic in Syracuse, to the homes of relatives,
and, finally, with her daughter at her side, to the block in Kovno where her
grandfather once lived. Along the way she unexpectedly unlocks the mystery
of stories he never told, discovers the fate of family members lost in the
war, learns of the glory that once was Lithuanian Jewry, finds living
relatives missing for years in Siberia, and resurrects a family shattered by
the traumas of the 20th Century.
Before the screening, filmmaker Eileen Douglas’ daughter, Rachel Zients,
will discuss the making of the documentary, and, in particular, what
compelled this personal quest. The film will be followed by Q & A with
There is no charge for this meeting but due to limited seating, please
reserve space by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone – (323)761-8644
Location: Board Room, Jewish Federation Building, 6505 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles 90048. Free parking will be available in the building’s garage
(just west of the building entrance). Since parking is limited, attendees
are encouraged to carpool. Street parking should be available if the garage
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Program Chair, JGSLA