|Mount Aloysius College Hosts Holocaust Survivor Judy Meisel||03/28/2013|
Cresson, Pa. - Holocaust survivor, civil rights activist and educator Judy Meisel will visit Mount Aloysius College on Thursday, April 4th, to lecture and show an award winning documentary film about her life. Her presentations will take place at 3:30 pm and again at 7:00 pm in historic Alumni Hall. The event at 3:30 p.m. will be a film, while the 7:00 p.m. event will be a film and presentation. The documentary film entitled, “Tak for Alt” explores survival of the human spirit. Ms. Meisel will show the film and speak about her life and experiences. The documentary has won the Dore Shary Award; the Golden Apple from the National Media Network and first prize in the Judah Magnes Museum Jewish Video Competition. It has been shown in Jewish Film Festivals throughout the United States including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland, Arizona and Vermont.
Writers for The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “You probably haven’t met Judy Meisel, but once you do in “Tak for Alt” (Thanks for Everything in Danish), an extraordinary documentary about her extraordinary life, she will be your heroine. Listening to Meisel, it’s as though Anne Frank had miraculously lived. Meisel’s eloquence is every bit as moving as Frank’s diaries.”
California Congresswoman Lois Capps says of the documentary film, “It fully captures the remarkable courage of a young girl and the vision of a woman who is relentlessly committed to teaching tolerance and combating racism.”
A standards based curriculum guide has been developed and is designed to integrate Holocaust education with studies in tolerance and ethics. It includes segments on the Holocaust, Denmark’s rescue of the Jews in WWII, the United States Civil Rights Movement and personal ethics.
The film producer and curriculum authors focused on creating a resource that “help young people connect with Judy on a very personal level - to relate to her not as a Jew, not as a European, but as a little girl with the same fears, hopes and dreams as any child in the world. It is our hope that children and adults of all types will relate to Judy on a human level and experience her profound story on an emotional level… Judy’s story illustrates that all of us are responsible for speaking out against intolerance, and that each of us can make a positive contribution in the struggle for human freedom.”
Judy Meisel speaks to thousands of students annually throughout the United States, Mexico and South America. She is also featured at national conferences in Holocaust education.
The presentations are free to the general public. For more information contact Bill Wallen at The Greater Altoona Jewish Federation at 515-1182 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mount Aloysius College at (814) 886-4131.