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Holocaust Convocation - Kisses to the Children

Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd / Konover Auditorium

Our Holocaust Convocation will feature a screening of Kisses to the Children, an award-winning documentary film written and directed by our guest speaker, Vassilis Loules. We are excited to offer this new format at our Holocaust Convocation, and hope you will save the date and join us!

Kisses to the Children is about five Greek-Jewish children who were saved by Christian families during the German occupation, five hidden children who lived in total silence, tell their stories. Stories of terror, anguish and confusion but also stories of salvation and carefree childhood into the arms of strangers: secret Gardens of Eden, nests of love away from the horror of the Holocaust. Five children were forced to mature abruptly. Rosina, Iossif, Eftyhia, Shelly and Marios grew old, carrying the memory of thousands of children, those who were never given the time to grow up.

The movie follows these five individuals from childhood to present day, revealing their hidden stories and invaluable personal documents–a diary of a child, photographs and home movies. It also depicts the life of the Greek Jewish communities before the War, complemented with rare images of occupied Greece from archival material, as well as amateur films by German soldiers and illegal footage shot by Greek patriots.

Kisses to the Children is not just another film about the Holocaust; it’s a film about childhood in the shadow of the Holocaust.

The ceremony will be followed by a catered reception for all.

This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, UConn Hillel, UNESCO Chair, and the UConn Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies.



Pamela Weathers,, 860-486-2271

Judaic Studies (primary), Dodd Human Rights Impact, Human Rights Institute, Office of Global Affairs, UConn Master Calendar, UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights

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