MNJGS Jan 23 Virtual Meeting 1PM Central: Discussion of film "Mamaliga Blues" with producer/writer/director Cassio Tolpolar #bessarabia #announcements #education #events


Exploring Ancestral Towns: A Discussion of the film Mamaliga Blues


On Sunday, January 23, 2022, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Central Time, the Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society (MNJGS) will host producer/writer/director Cassio Tolpolar for a discussion of his film Mamaliga Blues.


The film is approximately one hour and you can view it prior to the discussion on Vimeo at


In 1931, Abram Tolpolar and his wife Rachel emigrated from Moldova to southern Brazil. Seventy-seven years later, their only child, Mauro Tolpolar, makes the trip back. Accompanied by his two kids, who never knew their grandparents, Mauro visits his parents' birthplace and also finds clues to an unrevealed past. Having as a starting point only one remaining photograph of a lost grave, the Tolpolars drive through ancient villages, walk in the bushes of abandoned cemeteries, and meet locals, looking for what happened to their relatives who disappeared during the Holocaust. The search reveals the fragility of Moldova's memory, and how its Jewish past is vanishing.


The program will take place on-line via Zoom. For more information and to register go to


Questions can be emailed to MNJGS at


Members are free, recommended donation of $5 from non-members

Make sure to watch the film in advance!!!

Liba Casson-Nudell
Minneapolis, MN
Researching: NOTKIN from Minsk, Hlusk, Gomel, Zlynka and CASSON/CHAZANSKI from Nemencine, Vilnius

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