Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Kupishok: For Eternal Memory - DVD Available #rabbinic


Ann Rabinowitz <annrab@...>
 

This is a one-time posting regarding the availability of a new DVD
entitled "Kupishok: For Eternal Memory" which is available through
the Brandeis University National Center for Jewish Film:

http://www.brandeis.edu/jewishfilm/Catalogue/films/Kupishok.html

The film which runs 60 minutes and costs $18 plus shipping and
handling, recreates the July 13, 2005 dedication of the Kupiskis Wall
of Memory Holocaust Memorial in Kupiskis, Lithuania. The Wall,
located in what was the former main synagogue of Kupiskis and now
public library, is the first memorial in Lithuania to list those
killed and their ages.

The participants in the film, who ranged >from age 8 to 87 and who came
from America, Australia, the United Kingdom, Israel, Lithuania, and
South Africa, shared a special and binding heritage in this small
shtetl whose Jewish population was destroyed in the summer of 1941.

The destruction of the community was truly made personal as those who
participated in the ceremonies, both Jewish and Lithuanian, saw the
vast array of over 824 names before them, just regular people, men,
women and children, of all ages, an entire group of people, gone
forever. One had only to go outside the former synagogue where the
Wall was located and look in the central square to see the stores and
homes where this community once was based, or go to Synagogue Street
and see where many lived, to know what a loss had occurred.

Hearing huge numbers in the millions of those killed in the Holocaust
numbs one as one participant stated, but actually seeing those numbers
made real with names and ages is horrifying, especially when they are
your family, friends and neighbors.

For those of you who have connections to Kupiskis and wish to learn
more about the trip there and the shtetl, please go to the Kupiskis
ShtetLink Site:

http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/kupiskis/memmain.htm

I hope you will take advantage of the availability of this film which
is dedicated to Norman Meyer, the trip's leader, who passed away
shortly after the completion of the trip.

Ann Rabinowitz
annrab@bellsouth.net

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