New York – “Yizkereim: Remember Them” is the rallying call of an historic initiative jointly sponsored by Torah Umesorah’s Zechor Yemos Olam and the Rabbi Leib Geliebter Memorial Foundation. Together, they have produced an acclaimed series of inspiring films that document facets of the Holocaust not previously highlighted; stories of spiritual survival and resistance which culminated in the post-Churban rebuilding of Torah communities worldwide.
“With so few Holocaust survivors remaining to tell their stories,” said Dr. Joseph Geliebter, executive producer of the series and director of the Foundation, “it is critical that we hear their voices now and vividly connect with their individual experiences. The Yizkereim project is a realization of a life-long mission.”
Shanghai Miracle, the first in a series, details the inspirational story of the hundreds of Yeshiva students who escaped to Shanghai, China and lived to rebuild Torah throughout the world. Between 1937 and 1941, Shanghai’s open-port allowed over 20,000 European Jews seeking refuge from Nazi Germany. During this period, more Jews found sanctuary in China than in any other country in the world.
Shanghai Miracle is scheduled to be shown in shuls around the globe.
Rabbi Ari Zahtz, of Cong. Bnai Yeshurun, in Teaneck, NJ, says the “importance of re-telling this episode of our history – specifically during the period of sefirah – when we recall so many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. “
In the past, only Jewish Day School, Yeshiva and Bais Yaakov students had the opportunity to view these films on Asarah B’Teves. Now, Yizkereim is presenting these original documentaries to community shuls worldwide during the Yemei HaSefirah and Tisha b’Av.
The documentary is jointly sponsored by Torah Umesorah’s Zechor Yemos Olam and the Rabbi Leib Geliebter Memorial Foundation.
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Watch below a preview of the Shanghai documentary