All of my children devoted their Mitzvah projects to Holocaust awareness. Following this tradition, my daughter chose to host a private screening of the movie, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.” The film is considered age-appropriate, but we suggested that children should be at least nine years of age and accompanied by an adult. We therefore, invited my daughter’s guests with their families.
“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is a story about a clandestine friendship between two young boys, one the son of a Nazi commander and the other a Jewish concentration camp inmate. The movie explores the beauty of a child’s innocence during WWII, and their common desire for friendship.
We offered our guests rugelach, water, and tissues because we did not think it was appropriate to serve popcorn. The program began with a brief introduction by my daughter, explaining the importance of Holocaust education. Following her speech, her grandfather, a survivor, spoke to our guests. The movie was viewed and when it was over, the guests were literally speechless. It was an unforgettable and powerful evening.
If you cannot secure a private showing of the movie, you can show the movie at your home on a big screen TV with folding chairs or possibly have a screening at your synagogue or a local Holocaust Museum/Memorial Center. If you would like to get more information on how to set up a screening for your Holocaust Awareness Mitzvah Project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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