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Documentary Tells Jews' Great Escape

AN award-winning documentary telling Jews' Great Escape from hands of Nazis in Vienna will be displayed to Shanghai residents and local Jewish community at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum this month, museum officials said.

The film, "Auf Wiedersehen - Till we meet again", explores the intergenerational transmission of trauma from the Holocaust to the tragic 9-11 event. The film took an Audience Award and runner up for best documentary at Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.

The film was directed by Linda G. Mills, vice chancellor with New York City and professor of social work, public policy and law, in 2010. In the film, Mills and her family return to the site of her mother's flight from Vienna, Austria in 1939. She told their story of escape, deception, and complicity.

Mills said on the film's first screening in the museum today that she was inspired to film the documentary by two stories told by her family.

In one story, her grandmother's sister managed to escape from Nazis in the Europe and traveled to Shanghai, among over 23,000 refugees.

In the other story, a family who was best friend to her mother got the opportunity to come to Shanghai but they turned the offer away. It had a tragic end that they were eventually sent to the concentration camp and killed.

Chen Jian, director of the museum, told Shanghai Daily that the film will be translated into Chinese and will be displayed at the museum this month.

"The film reminds us of the darkest days in human history, which should never repeat," said Chen.


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