Xavier University to Host Special Screening of Hanuszka

Film is part of Israel’s 60th anniversary celebration | October 23, 2007

A special screening of the film “Hanuszka” will be held at Xavier University on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium located in Alter Hall. Tickets are $8.00 per person. Students are free with a student id.

The screening is an extension of the Israeli Film Festival sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and commemorates Israel’s 60th year of independence. The Xavier showing is co-sponsored by Xavier’s Student Government Association and the Hillel Jewish Student Center at Xavier. A discussion will follow the screening.

The movie is the semi-autobiographical tale of Hanna Mandelberger, a 12 year old girl who flees the ghetto in Warsaw. She eventually finds her way to a Catholic convent where she tells the Mother Superior she is Polish Catholic. Hanna stays with the sisters for a couple of years and comes to fully identify with her new role as a Catholic nun. As such, she serves as an emissary for the Polish underground, risking her life transmitting letters and weapons to different agents throughout Poland. She is also aided by a young Father Karel Wojtyla who later would become Pope John Paul II. The film is in Hebrew and Polish with English subtitles. For more information visit:

This is not the first time Mandelberger’s story has been shared on the Xavier campus. In the exhibit “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People,” Mandelberger, via a video interview, recounts her encounter with the future pope.

The Blessing is a first-of-its-kind exhibit which premiered at Xavier in May 2005. It includes photos, video footage, documents and artifacts recording the extraordinary contributions of Pope John Paul II to relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths. The exhibit is currently on display at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. For more information on the exhibit please visit www.blessingexhibit.org

For more information please call Rabbi Abie Ingber at 513-221-6728.