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Special Screening and Discussion of the Award-winning film “The Pianist”

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Wednesday, January 1, 2003

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion invites the public to a special screening and panel discussion of the award-winning film “The Pianist” at the Mariemont Theater on Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 3:30 pm. Panelists include Jeff Hirsh, Channel 12 WKRC reporter; Henry Meyer, world-renowned musician and Holocaust survivor of Cincinnati; and Dr. Racelle Weiman, director of The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Tickets can be purchased at the Mariemont Theater box office.

The film, directed by Roman Polanski, will premiere in the Cincinnati area this weekend. Actor Adrien Brody portrays Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, who is an accomplished young composer and virtuoso pianist who escapes from the Warsaw Ghetto and survives the Holocaust. “The Pianist” won the Golden Palm award at the 2002 Cannes film festival and four awards from the National Society of Film Critics, including best picture and best director.

Facilitated by Dr. Racelle Weiman, the discussion following the screening will explore the complex issues and dilemmas raised in the film. Henry Meyer, a member of the Auschwitz Orchestra, met Wladyslaw Szpilman after WWII and will share his impressions of the film and the similarities and differences with his own personal experience. Jeff Hirsh, who recently returned from Poland where he was filming a documentary on the Holocaust, will address the life-changing experience of learning about the Holocaust ‘up-close’ through the eyes of those who went through it. For further information on this or related events, please call The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at 513-221-1875 x 355 or email at

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education is an education and community resource center located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. It offers workshops, professional training seminars, and graduate courses. Teaching Holocaust Studies from academic and theological perspectives, The Center promotes tolerance and social justice in a broad range of civic and cultural concerns. For more information, contact The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education by phone (513) 221-1875, ext. 355 or or check the website at

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.