The Schmooze

Friday Film: Teaching the Holocaust to Teenagers

It sounds like a high-concept Hollywood pitch: Feisty 86-year-old Holocaust survivor meets tough inner-city high-school kids. In fact, a documentary about the indefatigable Fanya Gottesfeld Heller — and her conversations with students at Brooklyn’s “alternative” Pacific High School — airs on PBS affiliates throughout April. Richard Gere narrates “Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story,” partly based on Heller’s 1993 autobiography “Love in a World of Sorrow.” Heller spoke to the Forward’s Michael Kaminer from her Upper East Side apartment — on the day she learned that Pacific High School was slated to close.

Michael Kaminer: What do you hope the film accomplishes beyond what you’ve already achieved with your lectures and book?

Recommend this article

Friday Film: Teaching the Holocaust to Teenagers

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close
Close