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March 29, 2010 Arts and Entertainment

‘A Month to Stamp Out Hate’ Features Holocaust Survivors, Exhibits And Documentary Debut

From: City of Chandler
Chandler, AZ. – The premiere of a locally produced documentary featuring the personal stories of Holocaust survivors and concentration camp liberators will highlight a series of events marking April in Chandler as “A Month to Stamp Out Hate”.

The documentary, “Our Story ...The Life of Survivors: Faces of the Holocaust”, will debut April 13 at 6:15 p.m. at Chandler’s Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue. The film is presented by the City of Chandler and Barness Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) and tells the story of eight Valley residents who experienced the Holocaust, including the story of a hidden child.

Prior to the film, members of the Arizona Lost Boys Center and local Holocaust survivors will speak about their incredible stories of survival, messages of hope, and what can happen when people stand idly by.

Representatives from organizations fighting hate and discrimination around the world will be in attendance in the Center lobby, promoting awareness of what is happening in the Sudan and elsewhere.

Tickets are general admission and available for purchase at the door or through or by calling the JCC at (480) 897-0588.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for lobby exhibit; the panel discussion begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by the film presented by J2 media. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults.

A second showing of the film will occur April 14 at Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. 5th Street, in Phoenix. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the panel discussion begins at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by the film.

A Month to Stamp Out Hate will also premiere a series of exhibits never before shown in Arizona that celebrate diversity while educating the public about past and present human rights atrocities. The exhibits are on display April 8–30 at the JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, and include:

Darfur: Photojournalists Respond

Experience Darfur through a photographer’s lens with this photojournalist essay from the Holocaust Museum Houston. This collection of photographs testify to the violence and suffering in Darfur.

Six Local Faces of the Holocaust

Memories come alive through this amazing exhibit. Relive experiences of six Phoenix residents with ties to the Holocaust, supplemented by Life Masks and paintings created by nationally recognized artist Robert Sutz. Sutz is a second generation Holocaust survivor.

Das Ghetto and the Final Solution

This series of paintings depicts a timeline of Jewish life before, during and after the Holocaust, painted by Helen Weisman, an artist who was born in a Displaced Persons camp, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors.

Commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, April 19, 1943 - May 16, 1943

A series by world famous artist Wladyslaw Brzosko, commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Brzosko was a Polish citizen and resistance fighter in the Armia Krajowa (AK) during Poland’s long, dark winter of suffering under Nazi German occupation from September 1939 through the spring of 1945.

Another highlight during the month will be the April 24 performance by the Pushcart Players of ‘The Last, the Very Last Butterfly’, presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Bogle Theater at the Center for the Arts.

Adapted for the stage and movingly underscored with music, sound and visual media, the play is an adaptation of the book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly and is a collection of poems, narratives and drawings created by children who passed through the Terezin Concentration Camp between 1942 and 1944.

Tickets for Butterfly range from $20-$60 and can be ordered by calling the JCC at (480) 897-0588 or through

More information on the events surrounding “A Month to Stamp Out Hate” can be found on the City’s Web site at or by calling (480) 897-0588 or visiting

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