Voices From the Attic to Screen at Desmond-Fish

Philipstown synagogue presents documentary April 18

On Saturday, April 18, the Philipstown Reform Synagogue will be showing the documentary Voices From the Attic, edited by Cold Spring’s Toby Shimin. It recounts a family’s journey returning to a farmhouse attic in Poland in 1989. It will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Desmond-Fish Library, 472 Route 403 in Garrison.

The documentary by Debbie Goodstein is about her family’s survival of the Holocaust as they recount their visit. Goodstein does this through the experiences of her down-to-earth, suburban, middle-aged aunt. Events unveil as Aunt Sally describes her personal experiences as a very young child while she was forced to hide from the Nazis in an attic with 15 other members of her family, for what turned out to be a very extended period of time.

While revisiting the farmhouse in Poland, Aunt Sally shares her perspectives of the events with the camera and her American family, the woman who owned the farmhouse and hid her family, and some of her local neighbors.

Philipstown Reform Synagogue will be showing the film to mark Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which officially occurs Thursday, April 16. Everyone is welcome to come to the viewing, which will be followed by refreshments and discussion.


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