Xavier hosts special screening of 'Hanuszka' as part of Israel's 60th anniversary celebration

Film is being shown on Nov. 8 in Kelley Auditorium | November 6, 2007

A special screening of the film “Hanuszka” is taking place on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium. Tickets are $8 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 the 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 www.jewishcincinnati.org/page.html?ArticleID=155142.