URI to screen “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald,

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KINGSTON, R.I. — April 7, 2015 — The critically acclaimed documentary Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald will be shown at the University of Rhode Island on Thursday, April 16 at 5 p.m. in the Swan Hall Auditorium, 60 Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the film will be followed by a question and answer session with Director Rob Cohen. This event is free and open to the public.


Kinderblock 66 is the story of four men who, as young boys, were imprisoned by the Nazis in the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp and who, sixty-five years later, return to commemorate the sixty-fifth anniversary of their liberation. The film tells the story of the effort undertaken by the camp’s Communist-led underground to protect ad save Jewish children who were arriving in Buchenwald toward the end of the Holocaust. Kinderblock 66 also tells the story of Antonin Kalina, the head of the block who was personally responsible for saving 904 boys in Buchenwald.


The film’s director, Rob Cohen, is a URI Film/Media Department faculty member. He recently had the honor of appearing at the United Nations to discuss his film when Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald was screened as part of the U.N.’s 2015 Holocaust Remembrance events.


Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald will be shown at URI on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. The screening is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Hillel, Film/Media, the Harrington School of Communication and Media, the Office of Community Equity and Diversity, and the History Department.


For more information contact Amy Olson, Director of Hillel, at amyolson@uri.edu or Rebecca Romanow, interim director of the Film/Media Program at rromanow@uri.edu.