‘Children of Terror’ Documentary Will Premiere on February 9

Two girls, a Polish Catholic and a German Jew who both survived the Holocaust to forge a close friendship, are the subject of the film, which will premiere on February 9. The screening will be followed by a discussion.
Friday, February 3, 2012

Join us for the premiere of the documentary film Children of Terror, a story of two girls – a Polish Catholic and a German Jew – who both survived the Holocaust as children to forge a close friendship. The film, produced by Dr. Shawn Kildea, assistant professor of Communication and Journalism, and Gina Grosso ’11, will be shown for the first time on Thursday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the Bart Luedeke Center Theater. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

Though Bozenna Urbanowicz Gilbride and Inge Auerbacher were born in two different countries and into two different traditions, both were also forced to endure deportation, labor and concentration camps, starvation, disease, and isolation during the Second World War. Despite their dramatically different traditions and background, they are united by a common trauma: the fear experienced by children in wartime.

Children of Terror combines the stories of these two Holocaust survivors. Auerbacher, a German Jew, survived Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp located in what is now the Czech Republic, while Gilbride, Catholic Pole, survived Chemnitz, a Nazi work camp in Germany. The film focuses on the interfaith relationship these two women have built in spite of the resistance from some within their own communities to their friendship.

Children of Terror is based on Gilbride’s and Auerbacher’s 2009 book of the same name. Gilbride and Auerbacher will be present for a discussion led by Dr. Harvey Kornberg, professor of Political Science and director of the Julius and Dorothy Koppelman Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, and Father Joseph Jakub, chaplain of Rider’s Catholic Campus Ministry.

For more information, contact Shawn Kildea at skildea@rider.edu.

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From left, Dr. Shawn Kildea, Bozenna Urbanowicz Gilbride, Inge Auerbacher and Gina Grosso '11.