Consultants:Rositta KenigsbergDr. Miriam K. KassenoffDr. Michael Berenbaum
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The Holocaust Educational Documentary Film
Holocaust Film The Absence - La Ausencia - Synopsis
The Absence presents the historical context of The Holocaust, featuring the survivors from the majority of countries in which it took place.
This documentary film encompasses a historical narration of The Holocaust and foretells the causes and the events during World War II that lead to the systematic destruction of the European Jewry as well as other minorities victimized by the Nazis.
It presents a meticulously researched recreation of Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka, where no one was expected to survive.
The Absence is a Holocaust movie enriched with revealing archival footage obtained fromthe most relevant sources of the world.
Artistic illustrations with musical and theatrical scenes bring messages throughout the film in which present and past are intertwined, contrasting liberty vs. captivity.
The Absence is a historical legacy for present and future generations. It presents The Holocaustin a global context, with lessons that embrace humankind in its desire to strive for liberty and peace.
Holocaust Film The Absence - La Ausencia - History
The oldest, Regina Hirshorn, brought a well-kept letter from her son, written at age 10, stating:"This beautiful world is not for me...for me they prepare trains that take me to my death in Belzec."
Judy Rodan, an orphan whose entire family was murdered in Auschwitz, listened to their stories. She related them to her daughter Lizbeth, who envisioned La Ausencia as it came to be.
From then on, filmmakers, artists and intellectuals worked pro bono in order for the Documentary Film for Education non-profit project to come true.
Fifty college students interviewed survivors at their homes.
The recreated scenes in this Holocaust movie are enacted by 300 women and children, men, young and old, from the community, who revived what occurred to their ancestors as part of the educational project.
The artistic and musical illustrations are performed by 400 children from schools of diverse cultures and ethnicities.
The Absence is a historical legacy in which students will participate by learning about The Holocaust with their teachers and will preserve the message of the survivors to the benefit of world peace.
- Script, Production, Direction - Lizbeth Schonfeld
- Filming Directors - Rolando Loewenstein & Eitan Steinmetz
- Artists - Soledad Bravo, Karina, Ilan Chester, Vivian Fulop, & Pedro Stern
- Narrators - Eva Gutierrez & Porfirio Torres
- Promoter - Comite Venezolano Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem Venezuelan Committee:
- David Yisrael, President
- Trudy Spira, Annie Reinfeld, Françoise Zitzer
- Jose Libfeld, Dr. Benek Jelinowski, José Pardo, Judy Rodan
Communications Directors The Absence - La Ausencia:
- Argentina - Sandra Goldstein
- Australia - Steven Rodan
- California - Anne Reisman
- Canada - Natalie Schonfeld
- Israel - Susana Zinn
- Mexico - Becky Shefer
- Mexico - Aaron Gilbert
- Florida - Lizbeth Schonfeld
- New York - Marilyn Rodan
- Spain - Noemi Zafrani
- Texas - Maria Cristina Jaramillo
- Venezuela - Judy Rodan