3 Generations is delighted to announce that we will be filming a brand new project called Stolepersteine in the first two weeks of November 2022. This film will be a collaboration with Ulrika Citron, grandchild of Holocaust victims, and the Stolpersteine Foundation.
Stolpersteine, or stumbling stones, are 10cm² stonescreated by German Artist Gunter Demning. They are the world's largest decentralized monument to the Holocaust. Focusing on the personal stories that each Stolpersteine tells, as well as their creation, this film finds a new way to narrate the story of the Holocaust itself.
Due to the increased demand to pay tribute to Dutch Nazi victims, Demnig has for the first time permitted another organization to fabricate Stolpersteine. We will film the Stichting Stolpersteine (the Dutch Stolpersteine Foundation) led by Alexander Stukenberg and housed in the Goethe Institute as they authenticate, fabricate and lay stones. Gunter Demnig will oversee the laying of stones for Ulrika Citron's family.
Emile Schrijver, Director of the Jewish Cultural Centre in Amsterdam and the head of the National Holocaust Museum, will guide us to his hometown of Haarlem. There we will meet and film Mayor Jos Weinen and author and Stolpersteine expert Judith Uytherlinde and her family. In Haarlem, a town aware of its legacy of collaboration with the Nazis, we will film a modern community brought together to honor those lost to the Holocaust.
The story of the Stolpersteine project has not yet been filmed successfully or told outside of Germany. With our access to leading Holocaust experts in the Netherlands, this film will shine new light on that history. One unique aspect of this story is that the Stolpersteine connect those living in specific buildings today with a tragic history they did not know about: it is a project that animates history. We will film people as they learn the story of those who lived in their homes 77 years ago and others who walk the streets of Amsterdam and Haarlem as they literally stumble upon previously unknown Holocaust history. With the rise of Holocaust denial this film will offer personal testimony and public confirmation of a particular piece of Holocaust history. It will be available for contemporary audiences and future generations.
At 3 Generations, we are always working to remind people about genocide and the devastation that it causes. We recently produced an award-winning short film, Preserving the Holocaust, which honors and memorializes the work of the conservators who preserve evidence of the Holocaust at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Preserving the Holocaust is currently having its Croatian premiere at the Festival Of Tolerance in Zagreb. Previously this spring, it screened at the Denver Jewish Film Festival and was selected to screen at a Yom HaShoah Commemoration at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College.
Following the KHC screening, founder Jane Wells was invited to tour the Center’s archives andexhibits and got a behind the scenes look at their critical work. We hope to continue ourpartnership with the stellar team, and we will continue to update you on future collaborations.
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At 3 Generations, we are always working to remind people about genocide and the devastation that it causes. We recently produced an award-winning short film, Preserving the Holocaust, which honors and memorializes the work of the conservators who preserve evidence of the Holocaust at Auschwitz-Birkenau. We have some updates about the film and upcoming screenings.
Preserving the Holocaust was selected to screen at a number of prestigious festivals last fall. It screened at the United Nations Association Film Festival in October and at the UK Jewish Film Festival in November of 2021. It also was featured in a Holocaust Memorial Day screening event for school children ages 13 and over in London and Greater Manchester on January 27, 2022.
We are honored that it has recently been chosen to screen virtually in the Denver Jewish Film Festival from February 23 through March 1, 2022. It has also been selected to screen at a Yom HaShoah Commemoration at the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) located at Queensborough Community College – CUNY in Queens, NY on April 28, 2022. Director and founder of 3 Generations Jane Wells will introduce the film and be a member of a panel discussion afterwards.
3 Generations has been documenting stories about the horrors of genocide from survivors as a way to create historical evidence and keep these atrocities alive in the collective memory. We are happy that this film has been able to be spark important conversations about Holocaust remembrance and education. To learn more about the film, watch the trailer, or get tickets for the screening visit our Preserving the Holocaust film page.
In August, we hosted a livestream on the anniversary of the beginning of the Yazidi genocide in Iraq by ISIS. 3 Generations had recorded the stories from some of the survivors of this genocide and wanted to take a deeper dive into this under reported tragedy.
In 2014, in the Northern Iraq town of Sinjar over 6,000 Yazidi women and children were kidnapped by members of the terrorist organization ISIS. Many older women, men and boys were killed on the spot. Younger women and children were processed and taken across the border to ISIS controlled sites, including slave markets, and training and indoctrination centers. Today over 3,000 women and girls are still missing.
In observance of the anniversary our Founder Jane Wells spoke with Debbie Rose, Founder of the nonprofit Project Abraham in Canada, and Souriya Naso a volunteer at Project Abraham. Souriya is a Yazidi woman who was born in Syria but whose family migrated to Canada during the Iraq War. Project Abraham has helped several hundred Yazidi women and children who were victims of ISIS reach safety in Canada.
The discussion touched on the amount of trauma that the Yazidi refugees had experienced, the worst that Canadian experts had ever encountered. They also spoke about the lack of will at the UN to label what happened to the Yazidis a genocide and offer assistance to find the still missing Yazidi women and girls.
3 Generations will continue to document stories from the Yazidi genocide and shine a spotlight on the plight of the still missing Yazidi women and girls. To learn more about this and any of our other issues please visit us at 3generations.org.
Spreading awareness about the horrors of genocide, its devastating impact on individuals and communities around the world is the core work of 3 Generations. Work that we have been doing, through film and storytelling, since 2007 when we produced the award-winning film The Devil Came on Horseback about the genocide in Darfur.
Now the pandemic is almost over we have been able to return to work on a new feature documentary. It explores the impact of Holocaust denial. It’s the story of those who tried to document the atrocities and what happened when they could not share what they had witnessed. They witnessed the absolute worst horrors mankind can perpetrate only to be silenced. Our new film will ask how this affects the individual as well as society as a whole? it is a story that is relevant today, not only because of the rise in anti-semitism, but also because documenting human rights abuses remains essential to the fight for social justice.
We will have lots more to share in the months ahead, we are excited to get back to work especially on this core issue. For more information about all our work please visit our website, 3generations.org
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