Tragedies play out for years. "In the Shadow of Memory" focuses on Jerri Zbiral, the daughter of a survivor of the Nazi destruction of the Catholic village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia. Even though Jerri was born after the war, her mother's stories had a profound effect on her life. This compelling story addresses emotional issues that span generations. What do we tell children about personal tragedies? How do we resolve grief, anger and long-standing hatreds? How do we communicate across ethnic barriers? The film combines historic footage and contemporary interviews with survivors. The 50th anniversary of the massacre is a starting point for an ongoing personal exploration of the legacy of tragedy, relevant far beyond a WWII setting.
Director: Jacky Comforty
This showing of the "In the Shadow of Memory" is part of the "1942 Film Festival" at the Wieting. The complete schedule of films include:
- November 12th - "The Sullivans" (later re-titled as "The Fighting Sullivans")
- November 19th - "In the Shadow of Memory"
- November 26th - "Casablanca"
- December 3rd - "Windtalkers"
- December 10th - "Hometown" (the Clutier movie)
The festival is sponsored and organized by Mr. Kennan Seda. The overall, long-term festival plan is to screen classic World War II movies over the next several years so older residents can enjoy these movies again and to hopefully expose younger students to some of the history of World War II.
This screening is free and open to the public. Free will offerings will be accepted.