THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 7:00 P.M.

PRESENTED BY THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER KANSAS CITY AND
THE MIDWEST CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION

JEWISH COMMUNITY CAMPUS, LEWIS AND SHIRLEY WHITE THEATRE
5801 WEST 115TH STREET, OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS

General seating. Cuban-inspired dessert reception following the program.

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels explores the little known story of the Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe and found a safe haven on the Caribbean island of Cuba. After a wave of Jewish refugees to Cuba in the 1920s and 30s, the island shut its doors to immigrants, most notably to the Jews aboard the ship the St. Louis in 1939. In 1940, Cuba under General Fulgencio Batista changed course and took in took in some 6,000 Jewish refugees, primarily diamond cutters and their families from Belgium and elsewhere—joining roughly 6,000 German and Austrian Jews who had arrived in an earlier wave before the doors slammed shut. The film, which features an original soundtrack of Cuban and Jewish music, was born of the tales that Marion Kreith told her daughter, co-director Judy Kreith, about Marion’s escape from Nazi-occupied Belgium and her teenage years in 1940s Havana. Marion and other refugees interviewed in the film recall their lives in wartime Havana: the draw of Cuban food, music and dance, its language and people, as well as the challenges they faced in this unfamiliar land.

Running time: 46 minutes. Q&A to follow.

There is no charge for this program. Please make your reservation by August 5 for early entry at 6:20 p.m. 913-327-8196 or rsvp@mchekc.org

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