An internationally acclaimed documentary about a teenage boy whose artwork and writings survived the Holocaust will be shown for free at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“The Last Flight of Petr Ginz” chronicles the life of Petr Ginz as told through the 16-year-old's diary entries and is a joint production between the University of Florida and Wake Forest University. Those interested in attending the screening can pick up tickets at the Phillips Center box office at noon Thursday. There is a limit of four tickets per person.

The documentary, about an hour in length, will be followed by a 30-minute panel presentation by co-director Churchill Roberts and Holocaust survivor Sydney Taussig, who had lived with Ginz when they were both at the Terezin concentration camp. Ginz later was transferred to Auschwitz, where he died.

Director of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service David Colburn said the opportunity to have Taussig at the event to speak about his relationship with Ginz encouraged the center to sponsor the screening. He also said Taussig provides another human element to the history of the Holocaust often only discovered through reading text or watching documentaries.

“His [Taussig's] account gives us a chance to understand,” Colburn said. “It gives us a chance to personalize and humanize this story.”

As people watch the documentary, Colburn said he hopes they realize how valuable their freedom is, as the documentary showcases the reality of a society stripped of free will. Read More