Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Film screening and discussion with Lore Segal, novelist and child of the Kindertransports, and Melissa Hacker, Director of My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransport.

In the nine months just prior to the outbreak of WW II, nearly 10,000 kinder were sent, without their parents, to the UK from Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. These children were rescued by the Kindertransport movement. The courageous parents who had the strength to send their children off to safe haven soon boarded trains taking them to concentration camps. Most of the children never saw their parents again.

My Knees Were Jumping, is a powerful and heart wrenching account of this astonishing and little known Holocaust history, told with poignant intimacy by the daughter of a Kindertransport child. Directed by Melissa Hacker and narrated by Joanne Woodward, the film was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for an Academy Award Nomination.

Melissa Hacker made her directing debut with the documentary film My Knees Were Jumping; Remembering The Kindertransports.

She is currently directing Ex Libris, an animated documentary on her Austrian grandfather’s life and bookplate collection. Melissa's video Venus was featured in a group exhibition and received special accolades in the New York Times' review of the show. She directed the video Letters Home which was screened at the New York, Washington DC, and Toronto Jewish Film Festivals.

Melissa is also a wandering film professor, most recently at the Yangon Film School in Myanmar, and a freelance film editor who has edited two Academy Award nominated documentary shorts; Sister Rose's Passion and The Collector of Bedford Street. Melissa is the President of the Kindertransport Association, (KTA) a not-for-profit organization based in the United States.

Lore Segal, an award winning American author and teacher, currently resides in New York City. Born in Vienna, Austria into a middle class family, Segal joined other Jewish children on the first wave of the Kindertransport rescue mission, seeking safety in England when her family was threatened by Hitler’s annexation of Austria in 1938. Segal’s first novel, Other People's Houses, (1964), is a fictionalization of her experience growing up in five different English households.


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