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Film Screening: The Last Flight of Petr Ginz

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Thu, 03/28/2013 - 6:30pm
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The Bob Graham Center for Public Service will screen the award-winning documentary film The Last Flight of Petr Ginz on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center. General admission tickets will be available beginning at noon the day of the event from the Phillips Center Box Office only. Limit 4 per person.

The film, which is a joint production of Wake Forest University and the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, tells the story of Petr Ginz, a child from Prague who perished during the Holocaust. The film opens a window into Petr’s life through his artwork, novels, short stories and magazine articles, and the journey he made from child to young adult, from innocence to the painful awareness of inhumanity.

Precocious and filled with intellectual curiosity, Petr Ginz was a gifted writer and artist who captured the inhumanities of war with surprising maturity, objectivity and even humor. By the time of his death at age 16, he had penned five novels, a diary and an underground newspaper in Terezín, and had produced hundreds of drawings and paintings. Hailed by the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Program as an “an exhilarating, moving documentary,” The Last Flight of Petr Ginz is a story of celebration as well as tragedy, a testament to how a boy’s wonder and creative expression represent the best of what makes us human.

The program is co-sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida Performing Arts, UF’s Center for Jewish Studies, the College of Journalism and Communications, UF’s Jewish Student Union, Hillel and ACCENT Speaker's Bureau.

*Pre-program beings at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 53-minute film beginning at 7 p.m. and concluding with a 30-minute panel discussion led by UF professor and the film’s co-director Dr. Churchill Roberts.

Sydney Taussig, one of the few survivors of Terezin who knew Petr Ginz, will also participate in the panel discussion. Taussig lived in the same barrack as Petr and was responsible for hiding and saving the magazine, Vedem, which Petr edited.  Mr. Taussig’s father was a blacksmith in Terezin and made a container to hide the magazine. 

 

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