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Anna’s Children To be Shown

Published: January 29, 2002

SHIRLEY WOYTACK

    Anna’s Children To be Shown

    WOODBURY – On Sunday, February 10, at 10 am, the Holocaust Survivors and Second Generation Group will have a showing of the documentary film Anna’s Children at the Federation-Jewish Communities of Western Connecticut at 73 Main Street South in Woodbury.

    The film portrays an early episode of Hitler’s persecution of the Jews in Germany. It deals with the foresight of Anna Essinger, founder and director of the Landschulheim Herrlingen, a country boarding school near Ulm, Germany.

    Ms Essinger, who spent ten years in the United States and had a Quaker education, founded the school in 1926. She later moved the school surreptitiously to England in 1933. Through interviews, the film provides a perceptive and sensitive view of children, most of whom lost their parents in the Holocaust.

    The one-hour documentary was researched and filmed by German teachers in the 1980s and 1990s and shown on German and British television. It will be introduced by New Preston resident Susan Ehrlich Losher, whose mother was a cousin of Anna Essinger. Mrs Losher lived in Ulm until December of 1939 and then immigrated to the United States with her parents. She will talk about Ms Essinger and her philosophy.

    This program is free and open to the public, but due to limited space, reservations are requested. To RSVP, call Debby Horowitz, Brownstein Jewish Family Service program director, at 263-5121 extension 304. In case of inclement weather, a message will be left at that number.