Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home
Date: Mon. July 15, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
1226 W. Ainslie Street
Program: One Book, One Chicago
About this event:
Join us for this very special screening of the documentary Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home. Director Ethan Bensinger will be on hand for a Q & A.
Refuge is a one-hour documentary that reaches back more than 70 years to give a voice to the last generation of victims of Nazi persecution. The film weaves together historical narrative, archival footage and deeply personal testimony to explore the lives of six Chicagoans against the context of the Nazi cataclysm and tell the story of a singular community that has given refuge to more than 1,000 Central European Jewish refugees and survivors.
Selfhelp was founded in the late 1930s by a handful of young Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany to the safety of Chicago. Selfhelp provided housing, food, English classes and job placement services to other displaced Jewish émigrés and later, after the war, to Holocaust survivors. They put people up in their own homes and reached deep in their pockets to give those who came with nothing the basics of what they needed to start new lives in a new country.