Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>
For Latvian researchers attending the upcoming IAJGS conference in Salt Lake
City, we will be screening a special film of Latvian interest:
"My Jewish Grandfather" by Danish filmmaker, Casper Hoyberg, on Monday, July
16th at 2:30PM in the seminar theatre.
In this documentary, Hoyberg travels to Latvia and Israel, the place he was
born, where he delicately unlocks the secrets of a once-silent history and
in the process, forges deeper relationships with his grandmother and father.
In interviews with at-first reluctant relatives, he gently coaxes out the
story of his grandfather’s fate in the Russian army and learns a bit more
about his own identity. This film includes historic footage of Riga in the
years prior to, and during, WWII.
(DVDs of this film will be for sale at the conference.)
Another film which touches on the subject of Viennese Jews deported to Riga
during WWI is the excellent "Who Do You Think You Are?," a British
television series that shows the step-by-step genealogical sleuthing process
necessary to building a family tree and discover the fate of those lost in
the Holocaust. This episode deals with U.K. writer and performer, Stephen
Fry, tracing his roots. Recommended viewing for all dedicated researchers.
This film screens three times: Tuesday, July 17th - 2:00 PM, Wednesday,
July 18 6:30PM, Friday, July 20th - 8:30 AM.
IAJGS Film Festival Coordinator