Film Screening, Q & A with director to commemorate Yom HaShoah

MADISON, NJ—On April 14, Drew University will mark Yom HaShoah, the day of Holocaust remembrance, with a guest appearance by Roberta Grossman, director of “Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh,” and a screening of the film.  “Blessed is the Match,” produced by Emmy Award winner Marta Kaufmann and narrated by Academy Award nominee Joan Allen, is the first-ever documentary feature on the Holocaust-era poet and diarist turned paratrooper and resistance fighter.

The film recounts Hannah Senesh’s 1944 mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary during the throes of the Holocaust.  After parachuting behind enemy lines, she was captured, tortured and executed by the Nazis, much of which was documented in her diary.  The makers of “Blessed is the Match” were given unprecedented access to the Senesh family archive, including hundreds of unpublished letters and over 1,300 never-before-seen photos.

The April 14 event, which is sponsored by Drew’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Drew’s Baldwin Gymnasium.  For more information, please call 973/408-3600 or e-mail ctrholst@drew.edu.  

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Posted: March 22, 2010