Academy Curator of Film Gina Caruso reports that at last Saturday’s screening of Le Rafle (The Roundup), during the fascinating post-film discussion with Star Advertiser writer Burl Burlingame, an audience member revealed a surprise. The film, about the 1942 roundup of 13,000 Jews in Paris who were sent to Auschwitz, focuses on a 10-year-old boy caught in the horror. The man in the audience at the Doris Duke Theatre screening said he, too, is Jewish—and was 10 years old in Paris in 1942. He and his family managed to flee the city shortly before the fateful roundup.
Also in the audience was Siegfried Ramler—former Punahou French teacher, current senior education fellow at the East West Center and…translator at the Nuremberg trails. You can read about his experience in his book Nuremberg and Beyond: The Memoirs of Siegfried Ramler, from 20th-Century Europe to Hawai‘i.
The Academy thanks everyone who made the 9th Annual Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival a well-attended success.