Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Yom HaShoah Event: : Escape Under Fire

Yom haShoah Ve'Hagvura or Yom HaShoah (יום השואה yom ha-sho’āh, יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה-Yom ha-zikaron la-Shoah v'la-Gvura), "Holocaust Martyrs' Remembrance Day" or, literally, "Remembrance day for The Holocaust and Heroism." It is held every year in remembrance of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust

Wichita's Community Yom HaShoah event features Sobibor Escapee and Survivor, Philip Bialowitz

Philip Bialowitz's message is one of survival, hope and history. He was born in Izbica, Poland in 1929. He is one of only eight remaining survivors of the Nazi extermination camp, Sobibor, where an estimated 250,000 Jews were murdered. He participated in the famous revolt at Sobibor, which led to the Nazi's discontinuing killing operations at the camp. Bialowitz's story was featured in the movie "Escape from Sobibor".

"Most people only dream their nightmares. However, my fellow survivors and I actually lived this experience."

Bialowitz will be sharing his story with the Wichita community on Wednesday, April 11 at the Newman Univeristy De Mattias Fine Arts Center. The program will begin at 7:00 pm, and there is no charge for entry.

The Mid Kansas Jewish Federation is sponsoring this event in conjunction with Newman University, Wichita State, Inter-Faith Ministries, Congregation Emanu-El and Ahavath Achim Hebrew Congregation.

On April 15 at 3:00 PM, the movie Fateless will be shown at the Murdock theater. This looks like an extremely moving film.

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