Yom HaShoah Service & Film, Featuring the Award-Winning Documentary “Numbered” (Israel, 2012; 55 mins.)
Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 P.M.
Free and Open to the Public – Please invite neighbors and friends
Everyone is invited to mark Yom HaShoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, at Falmouth Jewish Congregation. Each year we open our memorial service and program to the public so that, together, we may remember those who died in the Shoah. Using the dedicated service included in our Siddur (prayerbook) Mishkan T’filah and taking out our Shoah Torah scroll, we remember with words, song, and poetry the life and death of those who died, those who suffered, and those who showed heroism through resistance and rescue. Like many Jewish communities around the world, we will light six candles representing the six million Jews murdered.
About Numbered, directed by Uriel Sinai and Dana Doron:
Awards: Best Documentary at the Religion Today Film Festival, Italy 2013; Special Jury Mention at the Religion Today Film Festival, Italy 2013; Best Debut Film Award at the Israeli Documentary Forum Awards 2012; Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival 2012 (Jury’s Decision)
“A straightforward but inescapably emotional item” – Variety, Chicago Tribune
“A triumphant affirmation of human desire in the face of incalculable cruelty” – The Jewish Week
“While the audience emerged with damp eyes, the overall message is somehow upbeat”. – The New York Times
“A beautiful and moving film” – The Jewish Forward
Auschwitz prisoners, both Jewish and non-Jewish, were tattooed with serial numbers on their chest and then on their left arm. An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed in Auschwitz and its sub-camps. Only several thousand survivors are alive today. Numbered is an explosive, highly visual, and emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of survivors. The film documents the dark time and setting during which these tattoos were assigned, as well as the meaning they took on in the years following the war and in succeeding generations. The film’s protagonist is the number itself, as it evolves and becomes both a personal and a communal from 1940 to today. These scars reveal themselves to be diverse, enlightening, and full of life.