A Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Donna Kanter


The Presence of Their Absence Documentary

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5

6pm RECEPTION

6:30pm SCREENING

WEIS CINEMA, CAMPUS CENTER


The Presence of Their Absence is the amazing story of a Los Angeles man seeking his roots in the ashes of the. Holocaust. We follow Fred Zaidman, the son of Holocaust survivors, on a journey to trace his inherited trauma. Armed with determination and scant clues from his late parents, he ventures into the unknown. With helpers in Poland, Israel, and Germany, and an unlikely source – a Baptist minister in Atlanta who guides him through a cemetery in Poland – Fred finds his roots in the ashes of the Shoah, unshackles his pain, and through the puzzle of his ancestral past reconstructs his future.

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