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Commemoration: International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Live Performance: Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band

January 27, 2022 | 6:30pm CST

9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us for a film screening of Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band, live performance from the Holocaust Survivor Band, and post-show discussion with the filmmaker. 

Like many Holocaust Survivors, after World War II, Saul and Ruby moved to America, started families and careers, grew old, and retired to South Florida. For them, retirement could have been the last chapter in their story. But then they decided to start a klezmer band: the Holocaust Survivor Band. The band summons the bittersweet memories of childhood in Poland, but more than that, it is a celebration of life.   

In the utterly heart-affecting and enthralling film, we follow Saul and Ruby’s musical journey. The band’s history begins in total obscurity, playing in residential homes for the elderly and small Jewish community organizations, and builds up into being invited to perform at venues across the country, including a coveted performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.   

This unique and compelling story is about having the courage to live one’s dreams, finding purpose and meaning in life at any age, the transcendent power of music, and the importance of speaking out against anti-Semitism and bigotry. 

After a lively performance, the post-performance discussion will be moderated by Academy Award nominated and Emmy winning filmmaker of Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band, Tod Lending. Lending’s work has aired nationally on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, HBO; has been screened theatrically and awarded at national and international festivals; and has been televised internationally in Europe and Asia. Lending’s work can be found on his website: https://nomadicpictures.org/

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