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B’Nai Vail to show Holocaust documentary

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VAIL – As part of its observance of the annual Holocaust Day of Remembrance Week next month, B’nai Vail Congregation will screen “Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh” at the Vail Interfaith Chapel at 5:30 p.m. on April 11.

Short-listed for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, the film has recently won audience awards at the Atlanta, Washington, Tucson, Denver, San Diego and Hong Kong Jewish Film Festivals.

Executive produced by Emmy Award winner Marta Kauffman (co-creator of the hit series “Friends”) and narrated by Academy Award nominee Joan Allen, “Blessed Is the Match” is the first-ever documentary feature on the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc.

Safe in Palestine in 1944, Senesh volunteered for a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. It was the only outside military rescue mission for Jews during the Holocaust.

Senesh parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured, tortured and ultimately executed by the Nazis. Her mother, Catherine, witnessed the entire ordeal – first as a prisoner with Senesh and later as her advocate, braving the bombed-out streets of Budapest in am attempt to save her daughter.

The filmmakers were given access to the Senesh family archive, including hundreds of unpublished letters and over 1,300 never-before-seen photos. They interviewed the few remaining survivors who knew Senesh – her classmates at a Budapest girls’ school, fellow pioneers in Palestine (including Israeli President Shimon Peres, who knew Hannah in the 1940s), parachutists from her mission and prisoners from her time in a Gestapo jail in 1944.

They also assembled a team of top scholars, including Holocaust expert Michael Berenbaum (creator of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum) and World War II historian Sir Martin Gilbert. Principal photography took place from 2006 to 2007 in Israel, the U.S., Hungary and the Czech Republic.

A companion museum exhibit, “A Living Memorial to the Holocaust,” will launch this year and is curated by the New York Museum of Jewish Heritage.

This is a free event for the entire community. For more information call 970-477-2992 or visit http://www.bnaivail.org. If you would like to have a candle lit in memory of a holocaust victim, please contact the B’nai Vail Office with the information

For more on Hannah Senesh and “Blessed Is the Match,” visit http://www.blessedisthematch.com.

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