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WRITE ME: Commemorative Poetry Event
May 1 , 6:30 pm
Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale will host a poetry reading and film screening in observance of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). A pre-event reception will be held in the Museum, followed by the program commencing at 7 p.m. in the Winter Garden on the main floor of the Jacob Reingold Pavilion located at 5901 Palisade Avenue, in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. This event is free and open to the public. Please R.S.V.P. to 718.581.1596 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo ID required for entrance.
The event will feature special guest poet and actor Géza Röhrig, star of Son of Saul (2015) and To Dust (2018), and 10 additional poets, who will read their own work and other Holocaust poetry, including by Paul Celan and Miklós Radnóti. In addition to Mr. Röhrig, participating poets include Stanley H. Barkan, Pinny Bulman, Janet R. Kirchheimer, Deborah Kahan Kolb, Nina Kossman, Don Krieger, Alyssa A. Lappen, Mindy Rinkewich, Sarah Stern and Alan Walowitz.
The evening will feature a special preview screening of the short film Write Me, directed by filmmaker Pearl Gluck and adapted from the poem “After Auschwitz” by Ms. Kolb. “Poets and writers have unique powers to bear witness,” said Ms. Kolb, “and the memorialization of the Holocaust is ever more urgent in the wake of the tragic events in Pittsburgh and Charlottesville, and because of the rapidly dwindling number of survivors.”
Write Me follows an older woman, played by actress Lynn Cohen, who joins other survivors in reclaiming the histories tattooed on their bodies. Ms. Cohen is known for such films asMunich (2005), in which she played Golda Meir, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and the HBO series and films Sex and the City (2008, 2010). Ms. Gluck’s films, which explore themes of class, gender and faith, have appeared as part of the Sundance Lab as well as at the Cannes Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and on PBS.