Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham
4300 Hampton Heights Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209
*Free and Open to the Public*
Deep in the heart of Lithuania, at ground zero for “the final solution,” a Holocaust secret lay buried for almost 70 years. Then, in 2016, near the village of Vilna, a team of archaeologists and mapmakers revealed a forgotten tunnel, dug by Jewish prisoners—using spoons and their bare hands—in a daring attempt to escape from a Nazi extermination site in 1944.
From 1941 to 1944, tens of thousands of Jews were shot and killed in the death camp, called Ponary, and their bodies were dumped in mass graves. Near the end of the war, the Nazis forced a group of 80 Jews to exhume and burn the bodies and bury the ashes to cover up evidence of the mass killings. These 80 prisoners succeeded over 76 days in digging a 100-foot tunnel, and on the last night of Passover in 1944, they made their attempt to escape through the tunnel. This is the story of 11 escapees who survived the war.
The film premiered on APT/PBS on NOVA on April 19, 2017. The October 15 screening is sponsored by the UUCB Film Committee, Alabama Public Television, the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, the Levite Jewish Community Center, and the Birmingham Jewish Federation.