Film: Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home
In the late 1930s – with the violence and destruction of Kristallnacht foreshadowing the devastation of European Jewry – a determined group of German Jewish refugees left behind well-established lives and most of their possessions and immigrated to Chicago. Here, these newcomers set out to create a supportive community for themselves and others fleeing Nazi persecution, eventually establishing the Selfhelp Home. Over time, Selfhelp has brought together over 1,000 Central European elderly refugees and Holocaust survivors under one roof. This one-hour documentary reaches back more than 70 years to tell the stories of this last generation.
Immediately after the screening, the film’s director, Ethan Benziger, and Edith Stern, one of the key persons interviewed for the film, will answer questions from the audience about their story and about the making of the film.